BOLDsparks - Lifelong Learning Program

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The BOLDsparks - Lifelong Learning Program is an exciting new program offered by the Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG).

The program aims to ignite a meaningful connection between mature adults living within the aged care community, and arts and culture. Participants are encouraged to harness their creative potential through hands-on art activities and thoughtful artistic discussion in a safe, accessible and quality cultural facility.

Uniting participants from the wider Ballina Community, BOLDsparks will consist of five unique two-hour workshops tailored to respond directly to the current exhibitions at the NRCG. Participants will engage in a dialogue of arts, culture and memory, and will have the opportunity to complete a hands-on art activity designed to engage higher order cognitive thinking, reinforce fine motor skills and to foster a committment to active social engagement, including a morning tea.


All mature adults living in an aged care facility within the Ballina Shire are eligibile to participate in the BOLDsparks - Lifelong Learning Program. 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 Lee Mathers, the Gallery Coordinator at least two (2) weeks prior to the workshop. Please indicate on the Program Registration Form which workshop(s) each participant will be attending. Workshop materials and morning tea will only be provided for registered participants. Download a BOLDsparks Program Schedule.

For aged care facilities who would like more information, please contact the Gallery Coordinator by phone on 02 6681 6167 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This project is supported by Create NSW's Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Development Organisations on behalf of the NSW Government.

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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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