Lisa from Unique Collaborations designs innovative programs which focus on creative and community engagement, artistic explorations, creative personal growth along with confidence building and increase the quality of life.
Lisa’s programs and creative sessions are offered in a non-intrusive, supportive and empowering environment were participants are encouraged to be themselves, to have fun, enjoy the process and challenges of creating art at their pace.
Arts-based, hands-on sessions delivered in a participant-led environment, focusing on sensory approaches, meaningful engagement, shared moments, creative exploration and imagination, assisting in building creativity and self-confidences.
Lisa encourages participates to work at their own pace, nurturing their creativity and encouraging them to extend themselves in a non-judgemental atmosphere. Embedded into Lisa’s programming is a best practice model of artistic integrity, respect for all and the acceptance of shared difference and perspectives. Lisa provides clients various creative and art-making experiences which are facilitated in aged care settings, privately for individual clients and in a group environment, providing opportunities for participants to extend themselves cognitively, socially and/or physically.
Postal Art Swap is an international collaborative project founded by Lisa Hort, the PAS project consists of a session of workshops whereby participants in Australia and another participating group that could be located locally, nationally or internationally, create small artwork postcards based on a shared theme.
The outcomes of this exchanged project being a collective art exhibition of the group’s Postal Art Swap postcards. The program is designed to tap into each individual’s creativity, connect communities, build and extend friendships through something that they understand a postcard. To extend communication we used digital technology like Facetime to visually and verbally communication with each other, further connecting the groups and extend the conversation exponentially.
Lisa has connections with galleries and a special relationship with the Port Macquarie Museum which enables her to provide specialised programs designed to inspire curiosity, laughter, imagination, enjoyment, provoke questions and open up discussion-based conversations.
Delivered in conjunction with the Port Macquarie Historical Museum, this interactive programme is delivered onsite at the Museum or as an outreach program, invites people living with a disability or memory loss with their care partners or in group visitations the opportunity to interact with museum artefacts. Participants will experience the handling of unique, historical objects, be involved in multi-sensory activities, stimulating discussions and creative art-making activities in a culturally inclusive setting.
Lisa liaises with local museums and galleries to provide meaningful, accessible guided tours.
In this cultural environment, Lisa takes her participants on a journey of intellectual exploration and cognitive stimulation allowing objects and art viewing to inspire conversation, imagination, social engagement, expressive interpretation and interaction.
You don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home, as this program will be delivered to youvia the internet
Contact Lisa today to book your Personlised or Group Tours
Lisa collaborates with clients and families using creativity to generate therapeutic outcomes and enhance the quality of life through creative engagement.
Lisa builds into her program opportunities for clients to have agency where personal decision making, imagination, creative exploration, expressive skill, and openness are used to enable an individual's sense of dignity and empowerment.
Contact Lisa today to book your Personlised Creative Session
Lisa Hort is an active member within the Mid North Coast Community who is passionate about creating events and programs that spark social engagement, inclusiveness and artistic agency through creativity and artmaking.
Lisa is an internationally known advocate for empowering and engaging people through creativity, a tool she uses to produce greater community awareness, feelings of inclusiveness, acceptance and understanding for people living with a disability or memory loss.
'Hands on History' was the Summer part of the Four Seasons in One Dementia Day Grant that Port Macquarie Hastings Council received from Dementia Australian to deliver a series of four dementia-friendly community activities with seniors living with memory loss in the local community.
The 'Hands on History' project took place at three historical sites, at each location the seniors immersed themselves into the historical theme by dressing up in period costume and re-enacted historical scenes. Armed with iPads, each senior had the opportunity to capture photographs of each other with the outcome being a photographic exhibition held at Port Macquarie Library on Seniors Week 2019, launched by Mayor Peta Pinson.
The ArtWalk 2019: Autumn was the final program of “Four Seasons in One Dementia Day” invited people living with memory loss from the local community to be involved in designing a collaborative animation called ‘Sunday Afternoon.”
The project comprised of six workshops guided by Lisa and animator, Katherine Appleby with the outcome being a site-specific animation projected onto CBD building during ArtWalk 2019.
In 2017, Lisa initialled the first creative ageing exhibition in the Port Macquarie ArtWalk, she partnered with Catholic Care of the Age to deliver the first collaborative creative ageing exhibition at the PMHC annual Artwalk.
Titled “Creativity Has No Age Barriers”, the visitation to the exhibition was over 1100 people over the three day event.
On the success of the 2017 exhibition, Lisa again co-ordinated and curator the following years creative ageing exhibition in PMHC ArtWalk, 2018 were visitation to the exhibition elevated to over 3000 people.
In 2018 Lisa worked with the Museum on a project titled Postal Card Connections.
This project engaged the Port Macquarie U3A Textile ad Fibre Group, Omnicare’s Hastings District Respite Care (HDRC), Greenmeadows, Christenson Village Care Home Canada BC and the Sunshine Coast Museum Canada BC collaboratively to produce artworks for exhibition. The Postal Card Connection exhibition also coincided with the PMHC 2018 ArtWalk, which seen visitation to the Port Macquarie Museum and the exhibition exceed 1300 during the three-hour event.
Continuing on the success of 2018, we collaborated again in 2019 with the Where We Call Home exhibition which featured artworks and photographs by Port Macquarie U3A textile and fibre artists along with U3A photography group and Omnicare Alliance Creative Connection Program clients. For 2020 Senior Festival the exhibition theme is Out of the Frame and will include collaboration from Port Macquarie U3A Textile and Fibre Group, U3A Acrylic Group and Unique Collaboration’s client Tina Lee.
As part of the Where we call Home, we worked together with Swifts Video Media to product a video collaborative video called “Where we call home”
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