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ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills



Participants, mentors and support staff on stage at the end of the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) Program 19.1 Showcase, held at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre in June 2019



Royal Australian Navy Leading Seaman Eduardo De Araujo, Royal Australian Air Force Corporal Craig Krause and Defence Force Chaplains College, Chaplain Ivan Grant. All were participants of the creative writing stream, and whose written works were displayed at the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) Program 19.1’s Showcase evening, held at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



Army Corporal Mollie Gray, singing lead vocal, supported by fellow ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) participants (from the left) are: Royal Australian Navy SMN Tanya Rossow, Army Gunner Samuel Hutton and Army Private Jimmy Cousins. All were participants of the music and rhythm creative stream, performing at the ADF ARRTS Program 19.1’s Showcase evening, held at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) Program 19.1 visual arts stream participant, Royal Australian Navy Jason ‘Bungy’ Williams, whose works were on display at the ADF ARRTS Program 19.1 Showcase, held at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



Royal Australian Navy SMN Emily Poole (l) and Army Lieutenant-Colonel Kathryn Christie (r), participants in the visual arts stream, together on stage at the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) Program 19.1’s Showcase evening at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Skills and Teamwork (ARRTS) Program 19.1 visual arts stream participant, Royal Australian Navy Able Seaman Kiera Walsh stands in front of her artwork. Her paintings were on display at the ADF ARRTS Program 19.1 Showcase, held at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



Family and friends enjoying the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program 19.1 Showcase held on 6 June 2019 at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



Royal Australian Navy SMN Emily Poole’s series of eight artwork of found vintage music sheet, graphite, charcoal and chalk, displayed at the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program 19.1 Showcase. This was held on 6 June 2019 at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.



Royal Australian Navy Lieutenant-Commander Joseph Darmody’s ‘Wonder Wall’, a mixed media sensory board, displayed at the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program 19.1 Showcase. This was held on 6 June 2019 at the University of Canberra’s Inspire Centre.

The ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills Program (ARRTS)is an arts-based program to assist permanent ADF and Reservist personnel facing health and well-being challenges, or seeking to 're-set' themselves by rebuilding their confidence and resilience.

ARRTS is a supportive, non-rank, military uniform-free learning environment. No previous experience or training in the arts is required as training and mentoring will be provided by civilian arts subject matter experts.

Service personnel continuing in the ADF, and those who may shortly transition to civilian life, will both benefit from participation in ARRTS. All program associated travel and subsistence will be funded by ARRTS.

The four-week residential Canberra-based program comprises three artistic streams: visual arts; music and rhythm; and creative writing.

The schedule for upcoming ARRTS Programs are:

  • 19.2     03 – 29 November 2019;
  • 20.1     10 May – 05 June 2020; and
  • 20.1     02 – 27 November 2020.

Applications for ADF ARRTS Program 19.2 close 07 October 2019.

For an Application Form please click HERE.

For a FAQ document about the ADF ARRTS Program, please click HERE.

For further information email ADF.ARRTS@defence.gov.au.