I’m excited and delighted to share that my RADF project proposal has been approved!
From the Ground Up ‘- is a 5 month Artist in Residency and Community Arts pilot project partnership between myself , Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA), Gladstone and NFP House.
Weekly, Ill be working on specific sites with CVA, where I will be creating works in ‘collaboration’ with the natural environment. The plan was to work alongside volunteers, but for now its on a solo basis. Hopefully we can all get together soon.
The mixed media works will be produced on botanical handmade paper which will be made from the organic material sourced from each CVA maintenance site. The collection of this organic material will also comply with the councils ‘Code of practice in relation to all plant material used.
My studio at home will be the residency for the time being, but hopefully soon will be able to got back to the original plan.
When restrictions have been lifted, a pop-up open studio space at the Not-for-profit headquarters (NFP House) will be erected once a week at the back of this building on 11/120 Goondoon Street, Gladstone where the public have the opportunity to view works and converse with the artist in residence.
Monthly free community art workshops will also be offered Initially via zoom, then located at NFPHG and CQ Universities STEM Lab, where participants can learn the process of making botanical paper and also learn how to eco-dye.
From a creative recovery perspective, the projects intention is to have conversations and gain insight into the impact that eco-anxiety, depression and financial hardship is having on the people of the Gladstone region as they are affected by drought and bushfire and now Covid-19.
The workshops invites people of all ages, abilities and cultures to attend, with the outcomes being exhibited at the Gladstone Airport’s ‘Art-Port’ when it is up and ruining again.
At the conclusion of the project a wide selection of works from the residency will be donated to CVA which will bring a unique insight to creative connections with the land.
The overall project is a first for the entire Conservation Volunteers Australia organisation; offering a new experience with how individuals connect with the environment while conserving and protecting habitats and ecosystems.
For all updates on the project, follow me @acountryartspractice
I acknowledge the Gooreng Gooreng, Gurang. Bailai and Bunda people, the Traditional Custodians of the land on that I work.
I would like to pay my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.
‘From the Ground Up’ is a Artist in Residence/Community Arts Project and is funded by RADF.
Regional Arts Development Fund is a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland
Gladstone Area Water Board also proudly sponsors this project