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Community Studio

The pieces you see in this exhibition have been generously shared by the artists of Windana and SECADA's Art Therapy programs, run in our Community Studios. Art Therapist Sandra Hatton shares insight into how creating art can be used to support recovery from alcohol and other drug use. 

The Windana and SECADA Art Therapy programs have continued to provide support to community members via Zoom and face to face sessions at Windana St Kilda and SECADA in Dandenong, since August 2021.  


This 4th Windana Art Therapy Exhibition covers a diverse range of artworks, revealing a small sample of work that has been created. Exhibited pieces convey many stories, not always evident by viewing, from community members who chose to share their art in this exhibition.


The groups are not focused on being an artist, if you are, of course that’s very welcome.  Many love to follow their own creative process to express emotionally, gain relief from challenges and discover new understandings about Self. Others focus on improving art skills and exploring new creative approaches. Most find a safe place to connect with peers, form new friendships, have fun and support each other. These meaningful community Art Therapy sessions foster kindness, acceptance, belonging and strengthen personal foundations.  


The process of art making, mark making, expressing creatively alongside helpful conversations (amongst an amazing bunch of people who understand the layers of substance use, addiction, trauma and mental health experiences) aids healing and recovery. 


Brief participant comments include: 


  • “I love the program, it’s so important for me to attend.”

  • “What an amazing bunch of people.”

  • “We can have fun and laugh a lot.”

  • “I’ve gained faith again in mental health support.”

  • “There aren’t expectations, I can create what’s right for me.”

  • “I feel connected in this group.”

  • “It gives me something to look forward to each week.”

  • “It helps me with my mental health”

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land this art was created on, the Bunurong People, and pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. 

For 24-hour alcohol/drug support and referrals to services (including to Windana), you can call DirectLine on 1800 888 236 or visit

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