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World Community Arts Day 2020 Project

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A COLLABORATIVE COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECT FOR 

THE GLADSTONE REGION

I have recently become a recipient of Round 1 2018-2019 of the Regional Arts Development Fund. In collaboration with five community partnerships – Rosella Park School, Gladstone Community Linking Agency, Gladstone Regional Libraries, Crow Street Creative and C.P.L, where I will coordinate and facilitate a community arts project for Gladstone over 9 months that will result in a large-scale installation, to be exhibited for World Community Arts Day in February 2020.

Participants in each workshop will make handmade paper cubes and be invited to draw on them with ink. 

These cubes come together to form a large collaborative community art installation, inviting passers by to take the individual, environmentally friendly sculptures with them on their journey.

The workshops are designed for people of all ages and abilities and will enhance and celebrate community engagement, social relationships and communication between the diverse residents of the region. 

Each part making up the sculpture, born of individuals self expression will then be available for appreciation by its audience. 

World Community Day Arts 2020, a collaborative community arts project for the Gladstone region presents an opportunity to experience a sensory based, sustainable arts project which can deliver an environmentally friendly message to a wide audience.

The project will be launched at EcoFest, Central Queensland’s largest, free environmental festival on Sunday the 2nd of June, 2019. 

Supporting the launch will be students from Rosella Park School who will perform live improvised theatre in response to the drawings created on the handmade paper cubes. 

”Local visual and performance artists working with the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, have collaborated to present eight pop up performances throughout EcoFest, 2019 during “Take pART”. (Di Paddick, Cultural Projects Specialist at GRAGM)

Supported by the Gladstone Regional Council Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), “Take pART” artists will use their talent and ingenuity to deliver the 2019 message: “Slim Your Bin With a Low Waste Diet.”

RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum is a community cultural initiative of the Gladstone Regional Council.”

Rossella Park School Community Arts Project

We are now in week 5 of the project, and the students have completely immersed themselves into the handmade paper making process.

They have also begun painting the discs, with imagery being bold and dynamic.

A Country Arts Practice has been in discussion with other interested parties on the exhibition location for the installation and I look forward to sharing further updates with you soon.

GoFundMe Campaign – Thank you!

Well what a few months it has been! Since starting this campaign, I have facilitated six community art workshops and curated an exhibition for World Community Arts Day 2018. I have met with several (possible) community partnerships and I have been coordinating a project for students with disability for the past two months. All this has been made possible because of the generosity of those that have made donations to my campaign – to support the start up costs of my small Community Arts business – A Country Arts Practice. And to those humble folk that dropped me a line to say thanks for their ‘Art on a Card’ – HEY! You gave me money to go towards my business. So I say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU.I am now clean out of cash, so I have submitted an application to the Regional Arts Development Fund, and have begun connecting with potential corporate sponsors. It’s early days still, but I continue to be enthusiastic and optimistic about the work that I do. Because I love it. The campaign will now close, but if you would like to support A Country Arts Practice, please get in touch!

World Community Arts Day Project, 2019

Starting in early January, this project invited participants to collaborate on a large scale drawing with a variety of mediums on white Fabriano paper in workshops held at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum.

A large box frame made by Gladstone Men’s Shed became the second piece where people were invited to collaborate on, following a backdrop of my artwork in a dark palette as a starting point.

Crow Street Creative and Photopia Studio sponsored a workshop on the evening of Friday the 8th of February where the public were invited to continue collaborating on both pieces.

The works will be exhibited from Saturday the 16th-23rd of February at Photopia Studios, with an exhibition opening on Sunday the 17th of February from 2-4pm to celebrate World Community Arts Day. http://www.worldcommunityartsday.com

http://www.photopia-studio.com

2017- 2019

There’s been quite a lot happening since my last update in October 2016.

Edgar John Francis-Peacock was born on the 14th of January, 2017.

I returned to my role as Senior Instructor in January 2018, but remained in this role for only a few months as I joined the NDIS via the Brotherhood of St Laurence as a Local Area Coordinator in April. This was my first ever full time desk job, and it didn’t take long for me to learn that I need to be with and around people; working in the community.

In July 2018 I was nude on national television, as I was selected to be interviewed with a few others about the Spencer Tunnick installation of which I was to take part in.

It was at this time that Edgar became quite sick with Mastoiditis and spent a week in hospital. And also the time that Mark was offered a job……..In Regional Queensland.

So in September 2018, the three of us and our Miniature Groodle Louie moved to Gladstone, 1 hour South of Rockhampton.

I have been pretty quiet with making art in the past couple of years, and also in Community Arts.

There have been a few private commissions here and there, and with the move much of work was sold at a heavily discounted price, but placed on the walls of some very beautiful homes – one of which won a design prize.

One of my sculptures made a few years ago now got a mention https://thedesignfiles.net/2018/12/homes-luke-mortimer-country-victoria

Art was made for a wedding present for our two dearest friends (who just happen to also have the names Mark and Melissa!)

I handed over Drawsome to some other wonderful creative types, and it was great to see it continuing when I returned briefly after maternity leave.

I donated some work to be auctioned to Villa Maria Catholic Homes for their fundraiser in May 2017.

My first week in the NDIS office was quiet, so I was assigned to develop a mural for the workplace.

As Edgar has gotten a little older, our activities have begun to revolve around being creative. He is an avid drawer and painter, and absolutely loves spending time at his easel.

This last Christmas we collaborated on building a Christmas tree made from our moving boxes and lots of my old artwork.

But the biggest and boldest step that I have taken up recently is setting up my business ‘A Country Arts Practice’.

Combining my 20 + year career in Disability and 20+ years as a Visual and Community Artist, the business focuses on creating opportunities in the Community and Visual Arts for everybody in Gladstone Region, Queensland.

I have been fortunate enough to be accepted in the NEIS program where I will receive training and mentoring to set up the business.

I have already had a huge amount of support and have started my first project, which will be to celebrate World Community Arts day for 2019.http://www.worldcommunityartsday.com

I will be developing a page on this website specifically for the business, but updates can also be found @acountryartspractice.

I have also set up a GoFundMe campaign to get the business off the ground.

It will run for another month or so, and can be found at: http://gofundme.com/039a-Country-arts-practice039

2019 looks set to be a pretty exciting year.

More updates soon. Thanks for tuning in.

Melissa

Branching out within the business

Following some market research, A Country Arts Practice is branching out!
Community is about inclusion – for people from all walks of life; all ages and abilities.
In a couple of weeks I will be attending a grant writing workshop, including a 1:1 session with Creative Regions’ Creative Producer, Di Wills as I begin to submit proposals for some very exciting projects for all of the locals and visitors of the Gladstone region in Queensland.

Drawsome returns for another term!

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Following a very successful ‘Open Studio Session’ at the end of last term, ‘Drawsome’  – a community arts project for adults with a disability, returns next week for their final term this year.

‘Drawsome’ is now in it’s second year, and I continue to facilitate and coordinate this project after it evolving from my time as Artist in Residence at Box Hill Community Arts Centre.