Today's working world in the creative industry poses a unique set of challenges to maintaining our mental wellbeing; more than ever when we experience isolation, restriction and loss of community life in lockdown, and with uncertainties in our current times.  

Australian Design Centre has joined forces with MakeShift to present online workshops that give creatives practical and playful skills that can be used every day to improve or maintain your mental health and self care.

We have subsidised the price of tickets to make these workshops affordable for the craft and design community who we know have been under pressure. Consider this as a gift to our community who we know need a boost at this time.

Press Play for Creatives in Craft and Design

A 4-week program to build a mentally healthy culture, practice, and life in the creative industry, presented by MakeShift in partnership with Australian Design Centre

In this 4-part series, we will explore the challenges we face, tools that can be used to support us through them, and how to foster our mental wellbeing on a day-to-day basis, as well as get playful with a different creative practice, led by an artist facilitator as part of each session.

Each workshop is 90 minutes and delivered online to be accessible to participants around Australia.

Workshops are hosted Tuesdays 12pm-1.30pm (AEDT):

  • Session 1: Michele Elliot, Slow Stitching / Micro Practices for Wellbeing [Tues 21 Sept]
  • Session 2: Helena Fox, Creative Writing / The Inner Critic [Tues 28 Sept]
  • Session 3: Sally Ann Conwell, Illustrator and Painter / Creative Safety [Tues 5 Oct]
  • Session 4: Mel Young, Creative Journaling / Radical Self Care [Tues 12 Oct]

The Press Play participation fee is normally $400 and Australian Design Centre has subsidised this to make the workshop more accessible and affordable for the craft and design community.
When: 21 September - 12 October, Tuesdays 12 -1.30pm
Ticket: $110 - each participant receives a materials pack before the program with a writing notebook, stitching kid, journal and pens, poscas, pencils.

Creative Journaling Workshop, presented by MakeShift in partnership with Australian Design Centre

Australian Design Centre has subsidised this workshop to make it more accessible and affordable for the craft and design community.

Presented by Mel Young

This workshop is designed to introduce you to the joy of creating an individual Creative Journaling practice, and the impact it can have as a regular habit of play, meditation, release and delight.We will undertake a range of exercises together exploring meditative mark making, playful and observational drawing as well as collaging exercises that can become part of daily creativity and self-care.  We will look at examples of different approaches to creative journals including some of the Journals created for the Australian Design Centre’s 2020 initiative design/isolate curated by Lisa Cahill.

Materials required: paper, pencils/pens, scissors, glue.

When: Thursday 23 September 2021 1-3pm
Ticket: $16.50 + Booking fee

"This program was so fantastic. I felt really safe and it was pretty amazing to play and get creative for fun, not for work"

"I loved this course and it has given me so many tools and skills to get out of the rut I have been stuck in for nearly 20 years."

"...fantastic facilitator! Interesting, playful exercises that I now have in my tool kit. Group sharing was brilliant and normalised what we often all feel."

MakeShift is an education and support agency committed to creativity and mental health.  In the past 7 years, over 10,000 people have taken part in over 300 workshops. MakeShift has worked with organisations like AAM, AMP, Hub Australia, Employsure, Support Act, Atlassian, Quickbooks and now Australian Design Centre.

Australian Design Centre is a leading contemporary craft and design organisation.  Through our exhibition, festival, touring, retail, publishing and learning platforms, we take a lead role developing and supporting Australia’s makers and designers and building audiences for their work across the country and internationally. 

Image: Melinda Young, Design Isolate, booklet page detail, 2020

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