Thank you for visiting the Arts Wellbeing Collective website. Exciting things are happening!

We are thrilled to announce that Arts Centre Melbourne has received funding from WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell Mental Health Improvement Fund to expand the Arts Wellbeing Collective! You can read the full press release here.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program concluded at the end of 2017. We have been busily planning the next phase of the project, and we look forward to sharing our full program with you on World Mental Health Day 2018.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an Arts Centre Melbourne initiative that comprises a consortium of Victorian arts and cultural organisations whose shared vision is to effect better mental health and wellbeing for performing arts workers.

Objectives

  • To improve support services for Victorian arts workers
  • To collate and share information
  • To effect industry cultural change
  • To improve support networks within and between arts organisations.

About Arts Centre Melbourne

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an initiative of Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia’s largest and busiest performing arts centre.

Each year we stage more than 4,000 performances and public events and welcome over 3 million people through our doors. We’ve showcased the best of Australian and international performing arts for over 30 years. We’re proudly the home of our flagship Resident Companies — The Australian BalletMelbourne Symphony OrchestraMelbourne Theatre Company and Opera Australia — and a range of other presenters who collectively bring our stages and spaces to life.

Our core purpose at Arts Centre Melbourne is to enrich the lives of Victorians – culturally, educationally, socially and economically and to provide leadership in the promotion and development of the performing arts (Victorian Arts Centre Act 1979).

The Arts Wellbeing Collective is an example of our commitment to providing leadership in the promotion and development of the performing arts in line with our core values – LeadershipCommunityCare More, and Creativity.


Arts Wellbeing Collective Advisory Group

The expertise, commitment and passion of the Arts Wellbeing Collective Advisory Group is greatly valued and appreciated.

Claire Spencer (Chair) CEO, Arts Centre Melbourne
Damien Angus Partner, PwC
Greta Bradman Performing Artist and Psychologist
Lydia Fairhall Executive Producer, Ilbijerri Theatre Company
Linda Fleet Director, Strategic Marketing & Communications, Creative Victoria
Mark Gogoll Mark Gogoll Enterprises
Leanne Lawrence Executive Director HR, Arts Centre Melbourne
Michael Lynch Smart Artists Management
Jason Marriner CEO, Marriner Group
Catherine McClements Performing Artist and Arts Centre Melbourne Trustee
Kendra Reid Director, KLR Consulting
Evelyn Richardson CEO, Live Performance Australia
Ian Roberts Arts Centre Melbourne Trustee

The Pilot Program (2017)

The Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program ran from February to October 2017.

The Pilot Program featured workshops, resources, and this dedicated website – all specifically tailored to the needs of the arts sector. The program incorporated tools and strategies from positive psychology, as well as resources from clinical psychology to help improve understanding of mental health issues, their prevention and treatment.

The workshop program was developed by Arts Centre Melbourne in consultation with psychologists and relevant experts including psychologist (and renowned performing artist), Greta Bradman, and prominent psychologist, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg.

The Arts Wellbeing Collective was a finalist in the Australian HR Awards (Best Health and Wellbeing Program) and the VicHealth Awards (Improving Mental Wellbeing).


Evaluation

Arts Centre Melbourne appointed a reputable, independent consultant, Ann Tonks, to conduct an evaluation of the Arts Wellbeing Collective Pilot Program. Ann was the General Manager of Melbourne Theatre Company from 1994 – 2012 and is currently lecturing at The University of Melbourne and providing consultancy to companies such as Melbourne Recital Centre, Philip Adams Ballet Lab, and Polyglot Theatre. Ann is the author of The A to Z of Arts Management: Reflections on Theory and Reality, (Melbourne, Tilde Publications, 2016).

Ann held focus groups, reviewed nearly 500 pieces of written feedback, and held interviews with CEOs from Arts Wellbeing Collective member organisations. The Executive Summary of the evaluation stated:

“Feedback was overwhelmingly positive with a desire for the program to continue and expand. The program was seen as timely, useful, resource rich and generally well presented. There was relief that the program had started and gratitude to Arts Centre Melbourne for making it happen.”

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the evaluation, your feedback, suggestions and stories have actively informed the future of the Arts Wellbeing Collective program.