EXPRESSIVE ART

Helping you discover, nurture and celebrate your creative potential and human BEing

about us

We believe in the power of the expressive arts to HEAL the mind and body, INSPIRE creativity, and help us RECONNECT – with ourselves and each other.

We collaborate with artists, holistic practitioners, elders, educators and community to support greater health, happiness, joy and vitality in everybody. We use many mediums within the EXPRESSIVE, CREATIVE and HEALING arts as our vehicle. Music, drumming, visual arts, textiles, drama, sculpture, dance, movement, yoga, storytelling, poetry, bodywork, nutrition, wisdom circles, meditation. You name it, we know them all – as medicine for the soul.

Our home base is the north east coast of Tasmania, located within the Break O’ Day Municipality. We are on aboriginal land and acknowledge that the First Nations peoples of Tasmania have always been, are now, and will always be the Traditional custodians of this land.

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We are here to celebrate your UNIQUENESS, nurture your CREATIVE SPIRIT and accept YOU for who you are.

our signature programs are designed for

01.
NDIS participants (youth / adults)
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Mental Health and Wellbeing support
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Mother and baby (birth - 24 weeks)
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Socially shy.
Lonely
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We welcome referrals and social prescribing from allied health professionals, GPs, mental health care workers, educators, parents, and of course the most important person: YOU.

Expressive Art programs can complement any of your existing networks or offer you a creative alternative, helping you with:

Therapy support, physical, emotional, cognitive developmental support, social support and self care, anxiety and depression and loneliness.

signature programs

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baby being
Massage for baby, nurture for you. Learn the gifts baby massage, love and kindness. 6 week course
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rhythm being
Discover the power of rhythm to calm your mental chatter and body's stress. 6 week drum coaching course.
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creative + courageous
For people living with a disability looking for a creative challenge. Custom designed. 8 weeks or year long program.

events

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Discover the Art of Being with 8 weeks of Creativity and Community

introducing our creative team

Lila Meleisea - Expressive Art

Lila Meleisea

Founding Expressive Art is the outward expression of my own creativity, which has more often than not ended up weaving its way into community work – intended to support happiness, health, wellbeing, and sense of connection for people I connect with. I choose to take a stand for positive change in the world, and start here with my local community.  I believe this venture, called Expressive Art, is really a co-creation between all who choose to be here – as fellow artists, educators, facilitators, participants, parents, partners, visitors, whoever! So, I am grateful for this opportunity to lead, learn from, and meet, more like minds, curious minds, and minds and bodies that need supporting.  I’m happy to walk alongside you on a creative path shared.

Marita - Expressive Art Facilitator

Marita Mangano

Marita is a visual artist and musician who enjoys interacting with people.

Her 35 years of experience with practicing fine art, graphic design, cartooning and illustration offers a unique insight to help individuals and students explore their creative potential.

Marita draws inspiration from life, nature and human form as well as from the imagination.

What’s on offer for subject matter is limitless, vast, fun and rewarding.

In this workshop series, Marita will be offering the Illustrate and Create sessions.

Marita is a visual artist and musician who enjoys interacting with people.

Her 35 years of experience with practicing fine art, graphic design, cartooning and illustration offers a unique insight to help individuals and students explore their creative potential.

Marita draws inspiration from life, nature and human form as well as from the imagination.

What’s on offer for subject matter is limitless, vast, fun and rewarding.

In this workshop series, Marita will be offering the Illustrate and Create sessions.

Mel Fidler

Melanie Fidler is a multidisciplinary artist whose love for Tasmania drives her creative process. Melanie has been involved in various exhibitions, collaborations, art festivals and developmental workshops, including; ARTSKOOL, Femmes United in a Rhythmic Yell (FURY), Ten Days on the Island, Stompin Youth Dance Company, Junction Arts Festival, George Town Young Leaders Association (GTYLA), The Holographic Lounge Room and ArTELIER.

With her personalized and illustrative style, Melanie creates fictional characters, flora and environments loosely based on Tasmanian folklore, Gondwana forests and ideas of nature, femininity and the unknown.

She has conducted artist talks and workshops for ‘at home’ learning programs, festivals, and schools including Launceston Collage as an Artist in Residence and Scotch Oakburn, winning the 2016 UTAS (Honours) Exhibition Prize resulting in her third solo show at S.P.A.C.E Gallery.

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