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Cancer Council Victoria offers Creative Therapy workshops

Wednesday 20 February, 2013

Cancer Council Victoria is offering three Creative Therapy workshops to all Victorians, as part of the annual Arts Awards program, with the first to take place on 16th March.

The Arts Awards are internationally recognised and provide Australians with the opportunity to express their cancer experiences creatively. This year's theme is ‘Balance' and entries are open to all Australians who have been affected by cancer – directly or indirectly.

The workshops associated with the Arts Awards will be run by Art Therapist, David Champion, and aim to provide participants with an enjoyable and enriching experience of self-expression, combining two modalities (art-making and creative writing) in a group setting.

The cost per workshop is $15, which includes all materials, a catered lunch and refreshments. Each session will start at 10am and will run for four hours.

Cancer Council Victoria spokesperson, Deb Stringer, said with one Australian diagnosed with cancer every five minutes, many of us will one day feel the impact of hearing the words, ‘you have cancer'.

"Cancer can present an enormous physical and emotional challenge for all those affected including patients, family, friends and carers. It has been proven that artistic and literary expression can help many through their cancer journey and that is why we are offering Creative Therapy workshops," Ms Stringer said.

Creative therapy sessions will be held in Melbourne on 16th March, 13th April and 18th May at Cancer Council Victoria's Drummond Street premises. If you or your family have any questions about cancer, or would like free support or information, please call a cancer nurse on 13 11 20.

For further information on the workshops or to enter the Arts Awards, please visit the Arts Awards website or call 1300 65 65 85.

Entries for Arts Awards close on 29th July 2013 and categories include Visual Art, Poetry, Short Story, Film, Indigenous Visual Art, Children's Art, Children's Writing, Youth Writing and Youth Art.