Marily Cintra

Brazilian born Marily Cintra, is an artist and cultural activist, working in community cultural development since 1966. Cintra migrated to Australia in 1988 to live and work with potter Malcolm Cooke in Tharwa, ACT where they established The Art Shed (now Ecology & Art House), an arts and ceramic studio and gallery.
She continued to create opportunities for bringing art into public places and facilitating the engagement of local communities as makers and audience. In 1994 she established Placemaking (Identity, Environment & Arts - IEA), an arts organisation with focus on community cultural development. In 1997 IEA won the Australia Council for the Arts award “Community, Environment, Art and Design” for their work at Liverpool Hospital, “ a model of innovation and creative place-making”. Marily has, since 1992 co-ordinated the public art and cultural planning for twenty-four healthcare facilities in Australia.

In 1999 she founded Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc, a not-for-personal profit cultural organization focusing on the research and practice of culture and the arts in health.
Current Appointments:
• Advisory Board, Australian Journal of Dementia Care
• Global Scientific Committee of Wisdem: understanding dementia, improving quality of life (Spain/ International)
• International Advisory Board, International Academy for Design and Health (Sweden/ International)
• Founding member and Executive Director HARC, Health and Arts Research Centre, Inc,
• Director, Placemaking (formerly Identity Environment & Art)
• Director, Ecology and Art House (formerly The Art Shed)

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