Brendan’s Sanctuary – Artescape

The meaning of the word sanctuary does tend to conjure up images of incense sticks, oil burners, floating candles in bathtubs, and meditating-lotus-positioned-yoga-ites. But for most people it is a place in their home or garden where they feel they can relax and escape the pressures of the outside world. Yet it can vary from person to person, and while some people may find floatation tanks their sanctuary, it certainly isn’t everybody’s!

For Brendan, sanctuary is a place where he can unlock his imagination, and really let get the creative juices flowing. He feels his most relaxed and centred when he is able to access his creativity. And when your house is your office-is-your-garden-is-your-work, you need to go elsewhere to find it - like Artescape.

Upon arrival at Artescape, your group is given refreshments and the funky space suits to dress in. You are feeling pretty relaxed by the time you are led into the ‘painting room’. Every person is given their own easel with canvas, and you select your paints and applicators (there are no paint brushes provided) from a communal table and then you just go for it. You walk away with a finished artwork, and people might think that it’s great – they might think that it’s terrible – they might even think that it’s genius. But at the end it doesn’t really matter because it’s all about the process. The only rules are apparently, there’re no rules! You can just chuck paint – you can spit it out if you want.

You know, the interesting thing in doing anything like this is that it is so exposing and confronting. Whether it be public speaking, karaoke or even a life drawing class – you’re really putting yourself out there. And through this process of scariness the upshot is that you can unlock a part of yourself that you didn’t know that was there. And for me…doing this taps into my creativity. And getting back to that for me – is my version of sanctuary.


2b Northcote St
St Leonards 2065
t: 02 8436 7888

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