The board of Arts Health Agency Inc has come to the decision to close operations.

The current programs and future work engaging community in the arts will continue to be produced by and through Chris Mead of Creature Tales.

Thank you to all of our supporters over the past 7 years.

This is not the end.

Please continue on the journey with us @

Read more about this decision and the history of

Arts Health Agency Inc. and Creature Tales

A note from Chris Mead (Producer / Artist)

I personally want to sincerely thank all that donated to Arts Health Agency Inc. You supported artists to deliver the work. You enabled community to co-create exquisite artistic outcomes, to have a voice, to creatively participate together in precious shared experiences that will stay with people for a lifetime. 

To our supporters, partners and friends, you have contributed to improved health, social inclusion, education, awareness and simply beautiful intergenerational creative connections. Young and older souls who have developed relationships that would not have occurred without your support.

This is not the end.

It’s just a transition.

Let’s look at an historical timeline of relevant highlights, achievements and transitions.

Creature Tales est. 2002

Arts and Community outcomes:

2007: Winner Tasmanian Banksia Award, Runner-up National Banksia Award

  •  Strahan Primary School & West Coast Fire and Weed Management

2009 – 2015: Australian Centre for Arts and Health Awards ~ National Arts and Community Health, National Leadership Award. Tasmanian Community Achievement Award.

  • Billy, a Neighbourly Neighbourhoods Project (supporting children’s best start in school and community)
  • The Big Window Project (education and employment for young families)
  • Carnival of the Here & Now (Participatory arts and public events with aged care residents)
  • Animated Anthologies: (Artist in residence with people living with dementia in aged care)

2015. Idea? Let’s start a non-profit organisation. Will this make a difference in sustaining the work?

The simple answer is that becoming a not-for-profit organisation has only contributed a small amount to operations. The majority of the work developed has been supported by partners who pay to support the services, programs, events and projects.

2016-2022: Uniting NSW, Respect Care, Central Coast Council, Meander Valley Council, Baptcare, Munnew Day Centre / Meercroft Care, Rural Health Tasmania

A very high percentage of funding we have achieved through grants has not required us to be a not-for profit organisation

Chris Mead has decided to return to the much-loved brand of Creature Tales, to continue working with partners as he always did before.

Arts Health Agency? Creature Tales?

The purpose of the work is the same, directed by the same person.

Chris is just going back to a simpler structure. Arts Health Agency has achieved its mission and although the board chooses to close its operations, the collaborative relationship with not-for-profit partners and community is very strong. Creature Tales will undertake all future projects.

The relationships, partnerships, artists and producers will not change.

The values, purpose and mission remain the same.

Now, back to the work.

Please follow Creature Tales. We will be creating a new website (will be some interruptions) so you can come and see us on Facebook!

All of this work that remains on the website for now will be linked to the new Creature Tales website in the future. We are slowly disassembling this site.

For any enquiries, please make contact.

Chris Mead

m. 0439 614 186



Moving Story is assisted through Arts Tasmania and Munnew Day Centre until June 2022.

We co-produce short documentaries with families who are caring for a loved one. They are a keepsake moment in time to treasure. 

The films also serve as a gift for care staff to assist them to gain a personal insight of clients that paperwork simply cannot.

The process empowers families and sincerely aims to contribute to the future care of their loved one, as they transition to being supported by care service providers.

‘Thank you for capturing the essence of who my mother is.’

Artists: Chris Mead (Producer, Film), Jimmy Reece (Music)

Evaluation: University of Tasmania


Social Tonic is a program suitable for any health setting including Day Centre’s and Residential Care. We collaborate with staff and clients to co-design participatory arts, music, circus, public events and performances.

The focus is on relationship centred care and participating together.

Social Tonic promotes inclusion and equity for all people to be regularly engaged in a creative and cultural life.

Artists: Munnew Community (Singers and band members), Steady Teddy (Percussion), Brad Von Rock (Music), Sheyana Wijesingha (Music), Claire Bindoff (Circus), Chris Mead (Producer)


Soul Connection supports young people to reimagine their future, improve their mental health and action creative choices.

Ella J meets a dementia friendly community and together they create original music inspired by their newfound friendships.

Young and older have shared experience of being at risk of exclusion. 

Click here to read the latest media release on Ella J’s life changing experience, as featured in The Advocate.

Artists: Ella J (Songwriter, Vocals), Brad Von Rock (Music Coach), Ella Rose (Teacher), Jimmy Reece (Music Production), Chris Mead (Producer, Film)


Short Film: narta sista (2021) 12:40 mins

Click to watch now

‘narta sista’ is a group of women interwoven by their culture and friendship. They share stories of their deep connections to the land and each other and question the challenges of growing older together.

Q. What does culturally safe care look like as we age?

Thank you to the No.34 Aboriginal Health Service community for the gift of hearing your stories and the privilege of making this film together with you. 

This film was assisted through TasNetworks Resilient Community Fund.

We acknowledge the traditional owners and custodians of lutruwita, and to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We sincerely pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and for your wealth of stories and knowledge maintained and shared over generations.