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ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills


Participants, mentors and support staff celebrate at the closing of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) end of program showcase (18.2) on 29 November 2018.


ADF ARRTS 16.2 participant Cindy Hind’s ‘The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts’. Its unifying statements of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork underline her work, undertaken as part of the visual arts creative stream. The ADF ARRTS program offers up to four creative streams: music and rhythm, acting and performance, creative writing and visual arts


Australian Army officer Lieutenant Tim Hancock, participates in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program’s music and rhythm stream.


Australian Defence Force (ADF) members rehearse their theatrical performance for the ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) end of program showcase.


Shawn McIntyre from the Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services, alongside mentor Mariana del Castillo, finishes artwork for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program showcase.


Royal Australian Navy sailor, Able Seaman Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare Madeline Jackson, with artwork she developed for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program showcase.


Creative writer, Royal Australian Air Force member Flight Sergeant Craig Fullarton, participates in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program’s creative writing stream.


Royal Australian Navy sailor Able Seaman Tayla Elsdon, participates in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) program’s visual arts stream.


Mitchell Benstead’s graphite work of mixed sizes, titled ‘What if this Moment is All We Get?’, a participant in ADF ARRTS 16.2 and its visual arts creative stream. The ADF ARRTS program offers up to four creative streams: music and rhythm, acting and performance, creative writing and visual arts.

The ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program offers a supportive learning environment to assist personnel in their individual recovery. Members continuing in service and those who may shortly transition to civilian life will benefit from participation.

The ADF Arts for Recovery, Resilience, Teamwork and Skills (ARRTS) Program is a month-long introduction to, and exploration of, artistic disciplines to enable wounded, injured or ill ADF members to experience new life skills and recreation opportunities.

The Program has proved to have significant rehabilitation benefits, with previous participants reporting improved well-being, increased self-confidence and resilience, as well as an enhanced ability to 'move on' in their lives. 

The Program offers up to four artistic streams, that may include:

  • creative writing;
  • music and rhythm;
  • acting and performance; and
  • visual arts.

ARRTS is designed with the flexibility to respond to the abilities of all participants, allowing them to work both as part of a team and individually. No previous experience or training is required.

Interested members, friends or commanders can find out more by emailing ADF.ARRTS@defence.gov.au.

The 2019 ARRTS Program runs in Canberra with all costs covered. The program is a four-week residential program, held during the months of May/June (19.1) and November (19.2).

The next program will be held from 12 May - 07 June 2019, with applications closing 18 April 2019.

For any queries, email  ADF.ARRTS@defence.gov.au, to view and download the ARRTS Application Form and the FAQ document, please visit the Resources & Documents page.