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Pen-Pal Project

SAM facilitates connections between young and old.

Fridge overloaded with Iso-creations? Why not put them to good use, and brighten someone's day.

SAM is delighted to team up with local project Gen Connect (formally I Wish I’d Asked) to connect young and old in an exciting new initiative. Children are invited to participate in SAM‘s Wednesday morning virtual art lessons, and then send their finished creations along with a message to a pen pal at a local retirement home.

No matter your experience, everyone can get involved in this project! Whether it’s with a letter, a drawing, a wish, a message, a painting, a photo, every thought will be appreciated. All ages are encouraged to participate, there will be a pen pal for everyone.

“Given that our community can’t visit the gallery at present, instead, we are taking part of the gallery out to the community. Wishes and messages are being delivered direct to people’s own homes. This is about little gifts and everyday kindnesses.” SAM Director Dr Rebecca Coates explains.

So, how do you get involved?

Each Wednesday morning SAM will post a tutorial video on our website, Facebook, and Instagram account to inspire your creation, or you are free to come up with your own artwork.

Send an email with a picture of your artwork with your name and postal address to to receive your stamp and standard sized envelope in the mail. Whilst we would love to send oversized works of art, it needs to fit in a standard letter envelope.

Once you receive your stamp and envelope from SAM, fill it with your artwork and a personal message to your new pen pal. Drop your letter into your local mailbox and wait for a reply!

Along with anticipation, one of the benefits of traditional post is that it adheres to health advice relating to person to person contact, due to the time frame it takes to be delivered. 

Stuck on what to ask your new pen pal? Gen Connect have created a list of questions to ask your new friend here:

Gen Connect and SAM are delighted to give away two $20 gift vouchers for art & craft supplies at Officeworks for two lucky makers. Each entry into our Pen-Pal program equals one entry to win the prize. Get painting, get drawing and make a new connection!

Entries must be submitted via email to Winners will be drawn at 9.00am Monday 18th May and notified via email.