Nancy Tingey founded Painting with Parkinsons in 1994 to combine her role as a community artist and art curator with caring for her husband Bob who had been diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1987 at the age of 46. 

In 1995 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study art as a therapy for Parkinson's and travelled to Italy, Switzerland, Holland, England, Scotland, Canada and USA.

During the next 4 years through lectures, publications, television and radio Painting with Parkinsons groups were established in Adelaide, Hobart and Melbourne. Twenty exhibitions were curated in Canberra, three travelling to Perth, Hobart and New Zealand. The brief was extended to include sculpture, silk-painting, printmaking, yoga, T'ai Chi and sound and music therapy. Nancy's role and achievements in developing art therapy for Parkinson's is shown by the following sequence of events:


2014 Awarded ACT Chief Minister's Award for Long Service
2012Awarded life membership of Parkinson's ACT
2008The film Making a Mark: Art as therapy for Parkinson's produced by Just Wright Publications, Melbourne Australia 
2006Presented Art as a Therapy for Parkinson's at the first World Parkinson Congress, USA
2004Organised workshops at the Parkinson's Asia Pacific Conference in Melbourne
2003Curated Painting with Parkinsons and Art for Parkinson's Catalyst  exhibition in London
2002Publication of the book Arts Therapies and Progressive Illness - Nameless Dread - chapter contribution
2000Ran Art for Parkinson's pilot trial for Parkinson's UK in England
1994Founded the Painting with Parkinsons group at the National Botanic Gardens in Canberra



Nancy Tingey - Founder of Painting with Parkinsons

Nancy Tingey completed her MA with Distinction in Contemporary Applied Art (Textiles) at the Cumbria Institute of the Arts in 2004. She was awarded an Honours Degree in Fine Art (Dunelm) in 1964, the Museums Diploma (Fine Art) in 1968, and a Churchill Fellowship in 1996. Nancy is an accredited professional member of Craft ACT, Australia.

Over forty years she has established a varied career in the visual arts working as a curator and teacher in national and regional institutions, as well as exhibiting her textiles, paintings and works on paper in Australia and England. In 2005-6 she was a visiting tutor at the Canberra and Norwich Schools of Art and held solo shows at Ruskin Museum, Coniston; Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth; Black Swan Arts, Frome, Somerset; The Edge Gallery, Lancaster; The Barbican, London, and Michaelhouse, Cambridge, UK.

From 1971 until 1999 Nancy lived in Australia. After 
7 years back in England she resettled in Australia in October 2006. In March 2007 two solo exhibitions of her work were held in Canberra.Time Out at Watson Arts Centre reviewed her overseas experience while Two Ply (Craft ACT) focused on her needle-felted textiles, digital imagery and film work from her MA project which explores the issues arising from living in two cultures. 

Nancy Tingey - Artist