About

Soul Arts is a new online space where individuals can share their experiences and stories of losing a loved one through various art forms including poetry, music, photography and visual arts. Information on resources and organisations, which support individuals through grief and loss, is also available.

Through the sharing of experiences, this project aims to break down the taboo nature of death within the community and bring together various groups of people including:
– artists and non-artists
– the young and ‘old’
– English-speakers and multi-linguists
– people of all abilities

To find out more about Soul Arts or to contribute, please email info@soularts.com.au or click on the ‘Contribute’ tab.

 

Founder of Soul Arts

10712870_10152778051048186_5290276286115954683_n(Photo by Bella Capezio)

Hi,

My name is Gabriela Georges. I’m a Melbourne-based poet and musician, who at the age of 20, experienced the loss of my mum over a seemingly short 4-month period. I then had to begin the long journey of grief, one that I continue to experience and explore in many ways to this day.

The concept of Soul Arts first arose after experiencing a rather lonely Mother’s Day following the 5th anniversary of my mother’s death. I was very emotional and on the day, wished that there was a place I could go to express how I felt or at least find others like me, who were also missing their mother’s/loved ones. I searched but didn’t find that space and didn’t feel comfortable expressing how I felt on Facebook either so, months later, I decided to start this online arts project where others like me had a space to share their experiences and know that they were not alone. Being a musician and poet, it only felt natural to do this through the use of art. This is how Soul Arts began.

My aim for this project is to create a safe space for people who have experienced grief and loss to share their stories through art and to relate to one another in the process. You don’t have to be a professional artist or writer to contribute. I believe that everyone who has lost a loved one has something to say about it. Whether it’s a letter of all the things you didn’t get to say to your loved one, a photo, or a video of your interpretive dance, Soul Arts is the place for you to feel and to be felt.

All I ask is that all who contribute be as honest and open as possible about their experience of grief and loss.

Pain shared is pain divided. Joy shared is joy multiplied

(Anonymous)

I can’t wait to hear from you!

Gabriela