BOLDsparks - Lifelong Learning Program

  • BOLDsparks session photographed by Ben Wyeth

  • BOLDspark session photographed by Ben Wyeth 

  • BOLDspark session photographed by Ben Wyeth



Bold Sparks- Lifelong Learning Program is a monthly visual arts program for residents of aged care facilities in Ballina and their support staff that takes place in the safe, accessible Northern Rivers Community Gallery.

Each 2 hour program is designed to introduce different themes, art materials and approaches, with an emphasis on fun, hands-on activities that focus on the participant’s interests and abilities. Activities are often inspired by local Northern Rivers artists and current exhibitions at the Gallery.

Participants are invited to make new connections through stimulating conversations and hands-on creative expression- sharing ideas, expressing emotions and recalling memories. A delicious morning tea provides an opportunity to reflect and connect. Participation in this socially inclusive program can lead to improved self-confidence, wellbeing and quality of life.

An online program kit contains activity sheets that can be downloaded to support care providers and participants to continue to learn and create at their own pace in their aged care facility. Each activity sheet includes step-by-step instructions, photos of the activity, discussion questions and links.



Bold Sparks- Lifelong Learning Program caters specifically for residential care groups from aged care facilities in the Ballina Shire. The Gallery is an accessible facility and welcomes participants of varying physical, intellectual and sensory capacities. All participants must be accompanied by their Carers for the duration of the workshop.



Complete a Program Registration Form indicating the names of the registered participants and return directly to Cara MacLeod, the Program Facilitator at least two (2) weeks prior to the workshop. Please indicate on the Program Registration Form which month and workshop you are registering to attend. Workshop materials and morning tea will only be provided for registered participants. 

For aged care facilities who would like more information, please contact the Program Facilitator by phone on 02 6681 0533 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


This program is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW 

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Workshop 1 | Tapestry of Time


Workshop 1  |  
Tapestry of Time
; Taking inspiration from the artworks in the current exhibitions, participants used painting and photographic ...


Workshop 2 | Coming Home

Workshop 2  |  Coming Home 
; In this workshop, participants worked to give a significant memory a physical form. Participants used a ...


Workshop 3 | Kinetic Capers

Workshop 3 |  Kinetic Capers
; In this workshop participants reconnected with memories of childhood fun to remember joyous times spent at a local ...


Workshop 4 | Weaving your Family Tree

Workshop 4 |  Weaving Your Family Tree
; This workshop was a modern interpretation of a traditional Aboriginal cultural practice, ...


Workshop 5 | Theatre Play

Workshop 5 |  Theatre Play
; In the spirit of celebration, the focus of this workshop was on giving form to memory and creativity through ...

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