Naomi Wild Studio
ARTIST, ART THERAPIST, HUMAN EXPLORER
Address: Level 4, 153 Hunter Street, Newcastle NSW 2300
Hours: By appointment
Property Donor: Iris Capital
Launched: 22 December 2014
Closed: 17 October 2017
What do you do?
Artist and Humanitarian; I have created since I can remember in one shape or another and always had a heart for my fellow human. Hence the marriage between my art practice and the Creative Wellbeing/ Art Therapy focus that I now employ. I make works that explore archetypes, symbology and existential meaning in various mediums. At this time I am exploring hand ground ochres, eco dyes and fibre art.
The Creative Workshops that I am running have been taken up by Lifeline, Big Picture High School, Uniting Care, Timeless Textiles, Mezzanine Media and a variety of individuals. I also see people for creative counseling and therapy for personal development, healing and wellbeing. I use Mark making, Mandalas, Meditation and Mindfulness Practice based in Jungian psychology.
What inspired you to get involved in Renew Newcastle?
The Renew project has inspired me from its inception under Marni Jackson and her vision for community arts participation. The dream has been long coming, awaiting the right time in my life as a whole….which is NOW!
What are you doing in your new space?
This space will play home to a diverse range of creative and holistic practices. I have a show in June @ Nanshe Gallery in Hamilton to make a whole lot of work for as well as creative workshops for youth and adults. It is also perfect for personal sessions in Creative Counseling/ Wellbeing & Art Therapy.
Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
The studio is in the Wolfe Studios Building, a hub of creative activity just off Hunter Street Mall. It houses around 28 artists of differing themes and the very idea of such a melting pot is very exciting. The room I am in has had a few artists through over the last little while but I am planning to be a long-term participant. The studio is light filled (which I love) and is working out well as a changeable space for my own creative ventures alongside the community focused groups and creative therapy. I have built a partition that creates a multi use space and can comfortably hold all its uses. I love it!
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