Press Play

(Re)Discover a playful and restorative art form. Over 4 weeks we'll guide you through mastering the skills and integrating them into a practice of self care. These courses are currently online, and can cater for a range of accessibility needs.

Who's it for?

A small group course of play and exploration for everyone

Press Play is a 4 week course for anyone in the community that would like to bring a little bit of play and creativity back into their lives, as part of a commitment to mental wellbeing. In some courses, we include a little kit of materials!

This is a small group course of play and creative exploration. We add some content about how each practice can support your wellbeing, but it is not a support group program. It's for everyone and anyone in the community, from across Australia!

"Michele is an amazing teacher! I felt so lucky, like having my own little stitching circle I could join each week, from my lounge, and in my pyjamas! So cosy, supportive, and I learnt heaps. I'm now a total stitching nerd!" - Malai, Melbourne, Stitching Course Participant

Current Courses

Sat 14 Aug / Vivid Festival

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Make a Shift, and Press Play

Vivid Ideas, with Emma Saunders and Marcelo Baez

Why does drawing make you feel good? Can movement really help change your brain? Experience first-hand how art, play and creativity can be an essential antidote for uncertainty, anxiety, fear and trauma.

Join acclaimed dancer and choreographer Emma Saunders along with Marvel Comics artist Marcelo Baez for this mash-up interactive art-fuelled workout, by creative first-aiders MakeShift. Experience the world a little differently and discover why ‘play’ really is a serious business.

Sunday June 20 10am

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The Joy of Writing

With Helena Fox

Discover the rich, portable joy of writing with award-winning novelist and writing mentor Helena Fox. Writing is a timeless practice of creation, release, reflection, curiosity, and play. It can help calm our nervous systems and give us a sense of connection with ourselves and the world around us. When we write, we get to see the world in all its colours, and we get to celebrate our place in that world.

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Press Play for Creative Industry Course

With Caitlin Marshall and Guests

A bespoke 4 week program designed specifically for people working in the creative industry. Learn how to keep yourself mentally well amidst uncertainty and change, with weekly creative hands-on sessions with guest artist presenters. Whether it's about being on tour, making new work, collaborating creatively or staying in the game, learn essential tools for creative life, work and play.
For groups of up to 40, with materials posted to participants.

Email caitlin@makeshift.org.au for a course outline

Wed May 5th 6.30pm

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Slow Stitching

With Michelle Elliot

Weaving, stitching, knitting, coiling. These traditions create beautiful things, and are proven to help calm our nervous systems.  Explore slow stitching, start a project, and learn how this practice is wonderful for getting into that meditative state, with textile artist Michele Elliot

Creative Prescription Facilitors

Your creative facilitator is a professional artist and takes you through four weeks to develop skills and technique in a creative practice, alongside a few tools and ways to reflect on how this practice assists in keeping our mental health strong.

Marcelo Baez

Illustration & Drawing

Emma Saunders

Dance & Movement

Helena Fox

Writing

Elana Stone

Music & singing

Narelle Happ

Plants & Gardens

Kiara Mucci

Painting

Nina Kourea

Food & Cooking

Michelle Elliot

Textiles

Joshua Heath

Photography, Illustration

Mel Young

Textiles, Visual Art

Our Other Creative First Aid courses

remind
8 weeks
Creativity on Prescription Course: explore a range of practices each week, along with a home delivered creative first-aid kit.
Lunch Break
One OFf
A one-hour-a-week creative workplace program to foster creative habits for wellbeing
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners, Custodians and Elders past and present of the Indigenous Nations of New South Wales on whose lands we work. We pay respects to the Wodi Wodi people of the Dharawal Nation.

ABN 65 685 548 213