Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Welding Workshop with artists Jodie Ditchburn & Tania Spencer


Dates : 2 Weekend Workshops to be held  3rd/4th August  and  10th/11th August

Time: 9.00 - 4.00pm with an hour for lunch each day

Location: TBC

Cost: $60 per person for a 2 Day workshop

Limit of 10 people.

Pease bring your lunch and a water bottle each day

To book in please contact:  Ainsley Foulds 0427 383 078.


Come and learn how to weld scrap metals and old farm implements together to make a sculpture for your front gate for the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council on our Farm Gate Art Project alongside Artists Jodie Ditchburn & Tania Spencer this year. Learn techniques and skills that teach you:


  • how to identify and prepare metals to weld,
  • basic stick welding & grinding welds clean,
  • plasma cutting
  • spot welding
  • working with wire
  • designing in metal


Please bring lots of enthusiasm and some bits of metal you want to weld. It’s ok if you don’t have a solid idea of what you want to make yet, just bring some bits and we will help you with ideas on the day. The main thing is learning how to weld and being confident with that, so you are able to go home and then make what you want.




There are essential prerequisites to this workshop.


  • You must wear covered in shoes
  • You must wear close fitting long sleeves and long pants (preferably cotton or wool content).
  • You should be reasonably familiar with basic power tools, e.g. drill, angle grinder etc because we will also be using these tools
  • Please bring an auto darkening welding helmet and welding gloves.
  • Please bring a small 5 inch angle grinder if you have one and a couple of grinding discs


Liability disclaimer

You must accept full insurance responsibility for your own safety while attending this workshop due to the danger aspects of using these tools. All liability resides and remains with you as a participant. You will need to sign a waiver attesting to this.



 Materials You Need to Bring:


Foraging for pieces you can use:

Go to your oldest farm tip where old machinery has been dumped and have a look for things in the list below.  Or have a look behind the shed (there is usually a pile there) for bits that could be useful. If you are making flowers think about things that you have multiple amounts that might be the same shape that can be used for petals, stamens and leaves like u-bolts, bolts, points.


Have a good time foraging for interesting pieces that inspire you!



Plough discs

Crop lifters (off header combs)

Bits of different size pipe

Car panels or coloured metal



Chains from headers

odd chain links


Old tools –eg spanners, screwdrivers, pliers

Bolts & U-Bolts

Thin rod – eg spokes


Old Corrugated iron

Pressed tin

Wire mesh like old header separators









Thursday, July 18, 2013

Next Crochet Circles, Hopetoun

Thursday 18th July  10.00 – 12-00  Toun Beach Cafe


Monday 22nd July  10.00 – 12.00 – Hopetoun Community Resource Centre

Bring the kids to learn French knitting and crochet



Wool and hooks available to use, but do BYO if you have them.


Enquires Sue Leighton 0407 981 301      Ainsley Foulds 0427 383 078

Since this photo was taken we now have 1500 flowers...almost there!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Ladies Only Friday Night Art

Friday 26th July

 Ravensthorpe, Dunnart Studio Gallery

 7pm, FREEE!!! (but BYO drinks and nibbles as usual)

 join us for a fun evening, some movement/dance sessions with choreographer Aimee Smith and writing with Nicola le Breton...all in the name of "Wheel of Fortunes"...come and be part of this awesome community art event!


Tuesday, July 2, 2013


THURSDAY 4TH JULY 10.00 – 12.00 – Moana Clothing & Gift Store

Maitland Street Shops – Morning Tea Supplied

Wool and hooks available to use, but do BYO if you have them.


FRIDAY 5th July – 7.00pm – 9.00pm Club Merlot Room – Elders

Come along, bring a friend and get involved. BYO Drinks and plate of supper


Enquires Sue Leighton 0407 981 301      Ainsley Foulds 0427 383 078


Wheel of Fortunes

Some of the most remote and isolated destinations in Western Australia including

Hopetoun, Jerdacuttup, Ravensthorpe, Broome, Karratha and Dampier will play host to Future

Landings 2013, an extraordinary Ausdance WA contemporary dance initiative designed to bring

dance and cultural experiences to remote Western Australia from April to October.


Future Landings 2013 will present a unique opportunity for communities in isolated locations across WA with little or no dance experience, to work with regional and award-winning choreographers, artists and filmmakers to create large scale performances each unique to their town and with each cast made up entirely of locals.


The Ravensthorpe project, Wheel of Fortunes, will be a new contemporary dance work made with and for the community. Based site-specifically at the Jerdacuttup Wheat Bin, Wheel of Fortunes explores the concepts of richness and loss in the community. Through working closely with the writers of the towns, and integrating text with the performance, the community’s cycles of fortunes, and misfortunes, and the resilience that has blossomed through it all, will be explored.

Alongside the performance work a film will be made to represent the themes and atmosphere of the dance.


The process begins with a flurry of taster workshops to be held over 4 days from Thursday 25th to Sunday the 28th July in Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun, where dance and writing classes are offered to as many members of the community as possible. This is an opportunity for people to experience this unique project and decide if they would like to take their interest further and participate as one of the 15-20 local performers or as part of the script writing team.


Ausdance WA and the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council invite you to be part of Wheel of Fortunes.   In July, join choreographer Aimee Smith and writing facilitator Nicola-Jane le Breton in one or all of their free workshops.




For more information or enquires please contact Ainsley Foulds 0427 383078


This project is part of Ausdance WA’s Future Landings 2013 and is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body and the Government of Western Australia through the Department of Culture and the Arts in association with Lotterywest.

Wheel of Fortunes is co-presented by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and supported by Country Arts WA, CBH Group and Shire of Ravensthorpe

Monday, July 1, 2013

Homespun Crochet Circle

There will be a crochet circle in Ravensthorpe at the Red Room on Monday 15th July from 10am to 12pm.  Wool and hooks available to use but please BYO if you have them.  Bring a plate of morning tea to share, tea and coffee available.  Beginners and experienced crochet-ers all welcome- come and learn or come and teach...just come and be part of this awesome community arts project!

Enquiries to or Mel on 0427 381530.