Meet Ariel Katzir and Muriel Van Haecke, our creative Disability Support Workers from Rocky Bay’s Leisure, Lifestyle & Learning (LLL) team who work with our talented customers in the Studio at Mosman Park.
The creative duo are in the midst of helping our customers put together the Studio’s art exhibition, Kaleidoscope, which is set to take place from Friday 8 to 15 November 2019 at our Mosman Park Hub. The exhibition will be open to the public and some pieces will be available to purchase.
Ariel and Muriel said the upcoming exhibition would provide customers and the community an opportunity to come together and bond over a love of art.
“The Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition allows our customers to visually tell a story to the broader public.
“Just like a kaleidoscope, every person brings something unique each day they come to the Studio. They are all like individual stars, and together they form a galaxy.
“Our message is that no matter what your abilities are, you are always able to create and be creative. Art can be such a powerful tool to overcome hurdles, to express yourself and to feel free.”
Stay tuned for more information to come on the Kaleidoscope Art Exhibition.
Want to get to know Ariel and Muriel a little better? Check out our below Q&A!
What does your role at Rocky Bay involve?
Ariel: I help the Mosman Park Studio team run the art, mosaic and textile groups. I make sure each customer thrives and has a chance to express their individual creative paths.
Muriel: I work alongside Ariel in the Studio, facilitating different workshops including art, crafts, mosaic and meditation.
Tell us more about your background and experience?
Ariel: Originally I come from an art therapy and artist background, having regularly worked in one-on-one sessions with customers. Joining the Studio and running larger groups has been a nice challenge and learning opportunity for me.
Muriel: I worked as a support worker and art therapist for years in Belgium before I came to Australia. When I arrived in Australia five years ago, I joined the Studio team in LLL.
What do you love most about your field of work?
Ariel: Every day is different! Sure you can plan a session, but it’s the ‘happy mistakes’ that really make each customer shine in their field.
Muriel: I love working with people and being a witness of their creative explorations. Every day is different and I like the diversity of it all.
What do you like to do in your free time?
Ariel: What free time…only joking! Probably eat, create, sleep and repeat.
Muriel: Taking my dog for a walk and getting bossed around by my two-year-old son. When I find the time, I like to make collages out of scrap paper and painting.
What are three things you can’t live without and why?
- In the Studio – music! One of the very first things I do when I come into the Studio to get the creative vibes going
- Our volunteers. I speak for myself and others in the Studio that we are ever so grateful for their help and dedication to each of our customers they work with.
- A common ground we all share no matter what our background or history is.
- Decaf coffee and a croissant in the morning before starting work (the ladies at our Mosman Park Hub Moon Café make the best ones!)
- I find it very important to have a good connection with the people you work with.
- My books. I try to make time to read every day, even if it’s just 10 minutes.