Arts in East Gippsland
The Shire recognises that arts and culture contribute to our prosperity from a sense of community engagement, economic development and health and well-being.
As part of the Arts and Cultural Development Program, the Forge Theatre and Arts Hub presents a public program of performance, music, exhibitions and workshops.
The Arts and Culture area resources and produces a variety of Artsand Heritage programs and projects. A monthly arts e-newsletter is produced and distributed to local artists, arts groups and interested individuals.
The guide to Art, Culture and Heritage in East Gippsland is 'Up Close and Personal'. For further information on these publications contact the Arts and Culture Coordinator.
Local artists, organisations and groups running Arts and/or Heriatge activities are able to apply for a grant to a small pool of Arts and Heritage funding. This opportunity is available twice a year through Councils Community Grants Program and is publicly advertised in the local papers.
Creative Gippsland is a collaborative arts initiative comprising all six Gippsland municipalities: Latrobe City Council, Bass Coast Shire Council, Baw Baw Shire Council, South Gippsland Shire Council, East Gippsland Shire Council and Wellington Shire Council.
Creative Gippsland promotes cultural tourism through its support of local artists and crafts people, galleries, performing arts, and arts festivals and is the organising body of the Gippsland Arts Celebration in May.
Come Play all of May 2016
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Speciality Medium: Textile Artist
Dates: Late May
Location: Day Street, Omeo
I have been working as an artist /designer in both Australia and the UK since 1990 and completed my Master of Contemporary Art degree at the University of Tasmania in 2009. I work mainly with natural, recycled and found materials and use both traditional and contemporary textile techniques. I draw much of my inspiration from the coastal landscape of North Queensland where I currently work from my home based studio. My work varies from traditional and contemporary basketry, processional puppets, installations, public art, textile hangings and garments. Working with the community also plays a large role in my work and although my main skills lie as a maker I have experience in street performance and have worked on and coordinated projects combining visual art, drama, music and film.
The Artist in Residence program in Omeo /Benambra - with Queensland weaver Wanda Bennett- starts on Sunday 22 May with a workshop on getting to know natural fibres for weaving.
It starts at 11am, Come and join us!
To register your interest and for more information Andrea Court Phone: 0408707543 .
For more information click on each of the links
- Introducing the project
- Weekly schedule
- List of materials
International Book Artist: Dea Fischer
Dea Fischer is an internationally sought teacher and book artist with works held in special, public and private collections in Canada, the US, England, Korea and Japan, including the Haas Family Collection at Yale University, and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library at the University of Toronto. Dea is the conservator for a public library and teaches popular courses in book arts, altered books, collage and low tech image creation. Dea has a slow-burning love affair with books, collage and low-tech photography. In her off hours, she engages her community in acts of random creation. Among full time roles as a wife and mother, and conservator for a public library, I’m an on-the-go book and mixed media artist. I live and work in the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, and exhibit and teach worldwide. The world is quite a fascinating place to me, and I like to explore its themes through my work. The mysteries of the natural world provide me with continual inspiration.
I work across disciplines, including collage and photography, but artist’s books are my chief form of expression. The possibilities are absolutely endless, the challenge continual, and I am never short of ideas to convey my world through the pages of a book. When I’m not in a fury of creation in my studio, I thrive on lighting the fire of creativity in others. Keeping a journal in which to explore your creativity and thoughts can be precious and valuable. Imagine the far deeper reward and engagement when you are able to work in a book that you made with your own hands. The sensory experience of creating a book is intimate – you are creating a work of art that will be held, cradled, experienced in the hand, explored with the senses.In a series of workshops, you will create a unique, stunning and functional work of art using beautiful materials – soft papers, linen threads and embroidered design felt – as a sanctuary for your thoughts, writing or drawing. You will create a decorated design felt cover for your journal, using needle felting and embroidery techniques. You will then bind your journal into your decorated cover. You will be introduced to stitched bookbinding techniques as a springboard for further creative work and gain confidence to make your own creative choices.
Choose from three wonderful workshops:
One day workshop: Recycled Reads: The Art of the Altered Book (6 hours)
In this workshop, have fun altering discarded books. Save these materials from the recycling bin or the landfill and turn them into a personal journal, keepsake or beautiful work of art. Learn how to use discarded books as the canvas for art journaling or as a work of art in its own right. This workshop includes instruction on selection of an appropriate book, preparation of the book and the pages as well as techniques for content that includes some background techniques, paper engineering and other mixed media techniques.
Two day workshop: (6 hours each day)
Artist's Books Day 1: Not a Needle in Sight
This workshop introduces participants to basic bookbinding techniques as a springboard for further creative work. Participants will learn how to create two beautiful book forms that involve no stitching: a flag book and a pocket concertina book. A wide variety of materials will be incorporated into the book projects, including decorative papers, fabrics, book boards and text pages, as well as collage, ephemera and embellishments. Many examples and visual aids will be on hand to help participants appreciate the materials, techniques, and resources available for bookbinding and journal making.
Artist’s Books Day 2: You-can-do-it Stitched Bindings
This workshop introduces participants to stitched bookbinding techniques as a springboard for further creative work. Participants will learn how to create two beautiful stitched book forms: a Japanese stab bind and a long-stitch journal. A wide variety of materials will be incorporated into the book projects, including decorative papers, fabrics, book boards and text pages, as well as collage, ephemera and embellishments. Many examples and visual aids will be on hand to help participants appreciate the materials, techniques, and resources available for bookbinding and journal making.
Click here to go to the Creative Gippsland website
Community Cultural Development
Arts About Us Program: April /May 2015
This program uses the Arts to help people talk about the impact of race based discrimination. It also celebrates diversity.
Everyday Interventions is an arts project that creates opportunities for communities to express their own stories.
A series of workshops have been held to develop short performances exploring fear, uncertainly, love, loss and difference. People have been working through a series of words within in an anagram, exploring ideas of difference, identity, culture and life. Among the other projects, three short films have been made and are presented as part of the Gippsland Arts Festival in May 2015.
A series of videos have been produced below:
Dis the Dis
Made with the Noweyung literacy group, Dis the Dis is a take on the bias experienced by people with disabilities. These guys tell it with strength, energy and fun. They’re firm in their view that it’s time to Dis the Dis in Disability.
Dis the Dis is part of Everyday Interventions a project produced by Kirsty Ellem, (Artistic Merit) with Catherine Simmonds, Nicholas Hansen (Mutiny Media) and Steve Stelios Adam.
Dis the Dis - See it here!
Past and Present
Made with members of the community in Lakes Entrance, Past Here Present is a powerful representation of the experience of discrimination by Aboriginal people. While representing the challenges, there is also a strong experience of positive life, identity and welcome.
Past Here Present is part of Everyday Interventions a project produced by Kirsty Ellem,(Artistic Merit) with Catherine Simmonds, Nicholas Hansen (Mutiny Media) and Steve Stelios Adam.
Past and Present - See it here!
Made with members of the community in Lakes Entrance, Friends? explores the difficulties we face in letting go of our perceptions, our myths and the challenges of finding a path together that removes discrimination from our communities. This is a group open to travelling that pathway and bring others with them.
Friends? - See it here!
The project is supported by VicHealth, East Gippsland Shire Council, Noweyung, Fedsquare and Creative Gippsland.
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