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Cancer Council Victoria offers Creative Therapy workshops

Thursday 14 March, 2013

Cancer Council Victoria is hosting its second Creative Therapy workshop this year, which is set to take place on 13th April as part of the annual Arts Awards program.

The Cancer Council's Arts Awards program is internationally recognised and provides 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 78 Victorians diagnosed with cancer every day, 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 workshops will be held in Melbourne on 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 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, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Art, Children's Art, Children's Writing, Youth Writing and Youth Art.