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Painting with Parkinson’s

“When the musicians are present I notice how painters are able to lose themselves— the rhythm guides their movement with the paintbrush across the paper—colours are vibrant.”

Cheryl, Painting with Parkinson’s facilitator

Painting with Parkinson’s is recognised internationally as one of the most effective art therapy programs for people with Parkinson’s disease. It pairs musicians with painters in the serene settings of the National Botanic Gardens, and together they have formed a cohesive and powerful body of artwork. Painting with Parkinson’s has become a profoundly rewarding relationship between artists and musicians resulting in a positive impact on many people living with the disease. It has allowed participants to express themselves through art, in some cases for the first time. CSO musicians collaborate with Painting with Parkinson’s artists at regular sessions once a month