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Oasis Program(s):

Meaningful Work

Paul's mixed media workshops dream is a reality

Paul Scarr is a veteran and artist with Shed 3, a community arts space.

Paul attended one of the Strategy and Funding Workshop conducted by The Oasis Townsville under the Operation COMPASS banner.

Using the knowledge and skills learnt at the 1 on 1 mentoring session he attended, Paul successfully applied for a grant of almost $10,000 from the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) administered by Townsville City Council.

Paul will use the grant to run weekly workshops in which participants will replicate service medals artistically. Using a combination of ceramics for the medals and mosaics for the ribbons, the participants will create a mixed media representation of their family's service medal/s. The workshops are open to any member of the veteran community (serving and ex-serving) and their families and will foster a safe and inclusive environment for the participants to explore their creative side. Participants will also learn various skills that could be transferred to future employment, e.g. safe working practices, tools and PPE.

In addition to participant benefits, the grant will provide Paul with income through artist’s fees and generate collaboration among many organisations supporting the veteran community, including The Oasis Townsville, Open Arms, Mates 4 Mates, and the Defence Service Manager (DSM) Network in the Schools via Defence Member and Family Service (DMFS).


A veteran has meaningful work and something he loves, receives respect and recognition for his abilities, will receive sufficient income, and achieve good mental health. He will pass on skills to other members of the veteran community and foster strong social connections.

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