Plus + Connection: Women's Health Through Creativity

By Margaret Edgecombe.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

The purpose of this paper is to offer an exploration of the key themes, collaborative community art making processes and outcomes of the Floor Project and the Women's Story Wall, a major Arts in Health project conducted in partnership with Dale Street Women's Health Centre in South Australia. Dale Street Women's Health Centre is a community health centre working within a feminist and social justice framework. Throughout their twenty-three year history the Centre has utilised community cultural development as a means of addressing their core health objectives and giving marginalised women creative voice about their lives and communities.

Keywords: Collaborative Art Making, Arts in Health Partnership, Community Participation, Community Capacity Building, Feminist and Social Justice Framework

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 1, Issue 7, pp.219-230. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.571MB).

Ms Margaret Edgecombe

Community Cultural Development Artist (consultant), Dale Street Women's Health Centre, Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, Australia

Margaret Edgecombe is an artist and musician who has been working in the field of community cultural development for the past eight years through project work as a freelance practitioner and as a ccd worker in local government. She is committed to the arts as a means of expression, social change and community cohesion. Her approach to working with the community through arts practice is to enable opportunities to engage with the arts in a way that enlarges the community's understanding of art practice and what art might be as well as meeting the desired social and political outcomes. She has worked with diverse communities including indigenous Australians, migrants and refugees from many cultures, communities with special needs and has most recently been principal artist in a substantial two year Arts in Health project.

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