Art Therapy Group Creates ‘The House of Shenley’

Inspired by a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria to see ‘The House of Dior’ exhibition, a resident from Regis Shenley Manor suggested to Regis Victorian Art Therapist Jane that they design their own couture.

The result was a beautiful eclectic range of mixed medium works of art designed by residents who sketched or painted their favourite outfits from the 1950s and 60s. The designs featured dinner dances, cocktail parties, Melbourne Cup and Christmas holidays at the beach.

The day of culture was organised by Regis Shenley Manor with Lifestyle staff on hand to help the 6 residents attend the exhibition.

The trip inspired a range of creative designs and they were displayed at Regis Shenley Manor in the mini-art gallery.

The Regis Shenley Manor art gallery sees new resident art featured every month and the House of Shenley was proudly featured showcasing these beautiful pieces (see a few designs below).

Betty’s 1950’s favourite dress

Image: Betty’s 1950’s favourite dress


John inspired by the Dior accessories

Image: John inspired by the Dior accessories

Lifestyle Coordinator Lauren says, “Residents were talking about it for months after. They loved the Dior exhibition and are planning a visit to the local art gallery in Camberwell as part of the lifestyle day trips for 2018. This time they hope to explore more from the local art scene  and be inspired to create their own paintings and designs.”

Art Therapy is known to help people improve interpersonal skills, reduce stress, manage behaviours and help individual confidence and self-esteem.

Regis uses Art Therapy to encourage our aged care residents to explore their imagination, improve confidence, increase communication as well as promote the other benefits.

Anne design in production

Image: Anne design in production

Maisie’s summer beach wear

Image: Maisie’s summer beach wear

At Regis Shenley Manor located in Camberwell residents explore creativity with various mediums and create some beautiful pieces of art work under the guidance of our talented Art Therapist Jane.

Every Tuesday Jane teaches an art therapy class at Shenley, giving residents the opportunity to create art that inspires them.

A calendar has also been produced and you can contact Regis Shenley Manor if you’d like to purchase a copy.

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