This innovative art therapy program is designed specifically for people living with Parksinson's. There is no requirement to be proficient in art and rather than being taught or directed, the unique methodology supports artists to become absorbed in their own work which results in unique, individual artworks. The program supports the notion that occupational performance that contributes to social and societal participation is a determining factor for well-being, health and quality of life.
The philosophy underpinning the TPwP program methodology is based on research and follow sound Art Therapy and Occupational Therapy principles. The structure used in each workshop is evidence-based and emphasises the process and materials of art to lessen the symptoms of Parkinson's through immersion in the creative process.
The TPwP program follows a structured methodology to bring about significant benefits to those who participate. These benefits include social, societal, emotional and psychological wellbeing, as well as improvement in physical capacity and reduction in tremor.
Artist Nancy Tingey devised the TPwP program through extensive research and practical knowledge of Parkinson's. Workshops commenced at the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra in 1994. The program has developed over time and workshops continue to the present day at the same venue.