Many years in the planning and building, Kerryn Knight founded Kindred Art Space in 2016 after bearing witness to the benefits her clients have received through the power of the healing arts, coupled with the therapeutic relationship she provides.
Since she started her Transpersonal Art Therapy practice in 2008, she has searched for the ideal location to see her private clients in between running outreach groups across Melbourne. There were many clinical rooms and offices available on main streets but nothing specifically for Art Therapists and other specialist therapies where Kerryn could let her clients explore their creativity and healing in a relaxing and nurturing space. So Kerryn decided to create her own space!
Kindred Art Space – The Journey so far.
I wanted to share with you a bit about the journey to get to this point – opening Kindred Art Space. Way back in 2008 when I first began my Transpersonal Art Therapy Practice, I was taken through a Guided Meditation similar to those I provide for my Clients now. During this Meditation I was guided, through verbal cues, to meet a messenger with a gift for me. Immediately, in my “Mind’s Eye,” I had a clear image of a large majestic Kookaburra. This Kookaburra had a strong, clear message for me:
“Stand in your conviction and be responsible for your healing…” I was perplexed and very moved by this “Mind’s Eye” vision and message and following the meditation proceeded to Google Kookaburra totems and their meanings. I found a website that stated almost word for word the message I gained from my Kookaburra Messenger during the Meditation. What I took away from this meditation and message was my need to stand up, take a leap of faith and action my dream of helping people through the healing arts.
For me the Kookaburra and the very essence of its roaring laugh were to call me to action, to stand up and fulfil my life’s purpose, despite my fears!.
Once I changed my attitude in my inner world, things started to change in my outer world. A Senior Manager where I was working as an IT project manager & staff trainer at the time, approached me after I had graduated from Transpersonal Art Therapy and offered me an assignment for a new Program working with Indigenous Youth in Dandenong, Victoria.
In my mind, I could hear the call of the Kookaburra and its Indigenous ancient wisdom guiding me and to this day it still does.
As the years progressed, my practice grew and my desire to set up a unique and nurturing space for healing grew.
I searched for several years for the right place and space. When I noticed an old warehouse for sale at 22
Kookaburra Street, Frankston, I immediately felt this must be it! Yet it was way beyond our budget so I had to shelve the idea. Twelve months later, I gathered the courage to continue my search for locations and found the address was still available. That morning, while walking our pugs in the noisy bustling suburb of Box Hill, I heard the call of a Kookaburra as it flew down past me and perched itself up in a nearby tree. I could no longer ignore the call, so I picked up the phone and commenced a price negotiating process with the Real Estate Agent. In 2015 we secured the property and a year of ‘weekend’ and ‘after-hours’ work began. With my vision and my husband’s building expertise, a lot of hard work and sacrifice, the empty warehouse has been transformed into a 2 storey high gallery encircled by beautifully furnished consulting rooms for your comfort and wellbeing. In 2018 the meditation garden and sensory space was opened at the rear of the property. In 2020 the amazing first-floor atrium garden and 5th Meeting Room were opened.
The specially designed environment adds a rich extension to the many professional services and therapies offered by Kerryn Knight and the team of independent specialists for personal and professional development at Kindred Art Space.
We feel Kindred Art Space is ‘Heaven sent’ and we’re sure you will too!
We welcome you to Kindred Art Space at 22 Kookaburra Street Frankston and share with you this creative nurturing space for your wellbeing where therapy begins when you walk within!
Want to find out more about Services or Room Hire? Book a tour with Founder – Kerryn Knight. Call 0450 253 990
Interview with Kerryn Knight – Founder of Kindred Art Space about What Is Art Therapy.
In August 2018, I had the pleasure of meeting with Indigenous filmmaker Luke Ketchell who produced this short film interviewing me about ‘What Is Art Therapy’. It is important to note that the film, being short only provides a brief overview of Art Therapy, what it is, how it works and where it has originated from so, I have provided more content as follows: The value of art has been acknowledged throughout history and very prominent in Australian Indigenous culture. In the early 1900s, Art Therapy was used in Psychological healing methods with Carl Jung introducing active imagination, imagery and meaning to psychotherapy. Stan Grof, Psychiatrist and theoretician of transpersonal psychology is an author of many books including ‘Modern Consciousness Research and the Understanding of Art’ with Transpersonal Art Therapy referencing his work. There are also many others involved in the foundation of modern-day Art Therapy including Shaun McNiff, PhD as the author of ‘Art as Medicine’ and many other books on the subject. Edith Kramer is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of Art Therapy and Margaret Naumberg founded Walden School in New York City. Fritz Perls is also recognized in the field of Art Therapy for his work on Creativity in Gestalt Therapy. There are also many others in the early to mid-1900s and beyond, that have contributed to the field of Art Therapy and continue to do so as more and more research supports the powerful healing outcomes that the modality brings.
Kerryn Knight – Transpersonal Art Therapist and founder of Kindred Art Space.
Acknowledgement of Country
We wish to acknowledge them as the Traditional caretakers of these lands. We would like to pay our respect to their Elders, past and present along with today’s descendants that carry on the living culture and ensure it’s endurance for all our future generations. We also recognise that our location is near Kananook Creek where our First Nation’s People, before European Settlement, would fish and gather nourishment and therefore is a special place. In keeping with this ancient practice, we also wish Kindred Art Space to be a place of nourishment – social and emotional nourishment for all who visit.