About Us

Art Jam WA is a social enterprise based in Boorloo (Perth), founded by Ellie and Cheryl in 2021.
Our goal is to improve mental wellbeing in our communities using arts and creativity.

With a strong passion for mental health and community connection, Cheryl and Ellie are a dynamic duo who are incredibly resourceful and skilled creative facilitators.

We run inclusive and accessible art workshops in Perth and greater WA for teens and adults.

Cheryl (left) and Ellie (right) 2021

Cheryl is a qualified Art Therapist with a BA in Community Development and Art Therapy and is registered with PACFA. Cheryl provides individual art therapy and designs our art therapy workshops.

She has 12 years of experience in Youth Work and has worked in a variety of settings with many at-risk young people including young people in the care system, young people in prison, refugee migrant young people and those who are disengaging from school.

With a strong interest in trauma healing and histories, Cheryl is trauma-informed and uses this throughout her practice.

Ellie is a community arts worker who is passionate about using the arts for mental health. She has a Diploma in Animation from SAE, and a Cert 4 in Graphic Design.

Ellie has extensive experience in the community services sector, working with DADAA as an arts worker for people with disabilities for 3 years. She has experience in Reggio Emilia early childhood learning, and 3 years experience in aged care.

Ellie is a talented artist and designer, creating anything from digital work to interactive installations. She has also coordinated and managed workshop spaces at Festivals for several years.

Photo by Elizabeth Maruffo, 2021

How to find us

Our Team

We have expanded our tiny team to include more of Perth’s creative talent. All have some kind of mental health awareness, via lived experience and/or training.

Talea studies psychology and is passionate about working with young people with mental health concerns, and in particular Autism.

Talea runs Art Jam workshops at Ballajura Library, Perth Children’s Hospital, and occasional events.

Our volunteers and contractors.

As Art Jam grows, we enlist the help of awesome creatives who are knowledgable or have lived experience with mental health. You may see our team delivering workshops with us or on our behalf.