This is a research project conducted by an external organisation. It may be of interest to people affected by complex mental illness. To find out more about the project below, contact the researchers directly.
Makers, methods and motives: the experience of art-making in the Art Access Studio at Larundel Psychiatric Hospital, Bundoora, 1987–1996
The Art Access Studio was a visual art studio on the grounds of Larundel Psychiatric Hospital in Bundoora, from the late 1980s into the 1990s. It offered people hospitalised at Larundel and neighbouring Mont Park and Plenty Hospitals the opportunity to explore their creativity in a non-clinical environment.
Recently, a collection of artworks made at the Art Access Studio were donated to La Trobe University’s art collections. Rosemary O’Neill, a Masters by Research student at La Trobe University, would like to talk to anyone who is willing to share their recollections of attending the Art Access Studio.
Rosemary is investigating the history of the Studio and the collection, and would like to hear from the art-makers themselves about their experience and what art-making meant to them.