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Author Jill Rivers

Seniors encouraged to embrace the arts

News Article Date: 
Friday, 5 October 2018

“All children are artists. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.”

This quote from Pablo Picasso is at the heart of the message from author Jill Rivers, who is urging older people to reconnect with their inner artist. 

Ms Rivers will be in Warrnambool in October as part of the Celebrage Festival, hosting an author talk on October 9 and a writing workshop on October 16. 

Renowned south-west artist Gareth Colliton will facilitate a drawing workshop on October 16 for those looking to use a pencil for sketching rather than scribing.

Ms Rivers said that whether you feel like working with words, paints, or anything in between, the important thing is that you get creating. 

“Taking care of our brain health is more urgent than ever, which is why we’re talking about creative thinking and what we can all do to protect our mental health,” she said. 

Ms Rivers has compiled some of the mounting evidence of case histories and research-based suggestions of why and how to implement the health and wellbeing benefits of the art forms you best enjoy – and of trying some that are new to you, in her book “The Arts Apothecary” and in workshops to access your creativity and “right brain thinking”.

“The arts provide distraction, an alternative vision, an entertainment, but most of all, the arts give us the means to understand our own stories and better tell them to those around us,” she said.

“That’s why I’m inviting people to put their chair into the circle round the imaginary campfire and speak their stories to the fire - theoretically speaking, like generations before us and write and/or paint them into the future for our generation and the next.” 

The author talk will be held at the Lighthouse Theatre on Tuesday October 9 at 11.15am and is free to attend, though bookings are required. 

The writing and drawing workshops will both take place at 10.30am and 1pm on Tuesday October 16 at the Archie Graham Centre and are $5 to attend, with bookings required. 

The Celebrage Festival runs from October 7-16 and aims to provide free or low-cost events for seniors to try new things, meet new friends, and make the most of what the city has to offer. 

For more information on Celebrage events or to book, visit the Archie Graham Community Centre on Timor Street, call 5559 4920 or visit


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