Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Oxfam Photography Exhibition

Land is Life: South Africa

From Monday 11th August to Friday 15th August the Dunnart Studio Gallery in Ravensthorpe will be hosting the Oxfam photography exhibition Land is Life: South Africa.  Be sure to make the time to come and see this free event of 20 beautiful photographs depicting how others are coping, or not coping, in our world of farming.

“Putting good food on the table can be a challenge for all of us. But for many people around the world, it is a constant worry just having enough food to feed the family.

 And for the women of the Western Cape in South Africa, the lack of secure employment and access to land, as well as the impacts of climate change, are making feeding their families increasingly difficult.

 Documentary photographer, Matthew Willman, captured these images on assignment with Oxfam staff during a trip to record the work being done by Oxfam partner organisation, Women on Farms (WOF).”

Monday, July 28, 2014

Squaring the Wheel

A small audience at the Ravensthorpe Town Hall on Saturday 26th July was treated to over an hour of hilarity from the talented Jens Altheimer with his award winning  one man show "Squaring the Wheel".

Earlier that afternoon a group of 15 local children participated in a free workshop with Jens exploring the art of clowning and physical theatre.

During the performance some lucky audience members were called up on stage to assist with the antics and crazy contraptions.

After the show, when the giggles died down, Jens brought out more contraptions and ran through some fun physics lessons with brave helpers from the crowd.

We hope that you enjoy these photos from the afternoon!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Local Art Exhibtion

This is an exhibition of local art work, you do not need to be an experienced artist to contribute.  Have a go, you might be surprised at what you can create!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Homespun Crochet Circles


Crochet Circles coming up.....

1.       Elders, Hopetoun.  18th Terri Pens.  July 7pm.
2.       Wannado Creations. Blue Vista.  Leslie Fawkes. 9838 3771
3.       Hopetoun CRC 31st July 1pm. 9838 3062
4.       The Chair.  Hosted by Beck and Alice, Hopetoun on Wednesday July 23rd @ 7pm!

All welcome!  Come and learn a new skill, meet some people and have fun whilst contributing to this awesome community arts project!

Squaring the Wheel

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Farm Gate Art Welding Workshop Information

Ravi arts bannerWelding Workshop with Nick Webber


Dates : 2 Weekend Workshops to be held  9th/10th August  and  16th/17th August

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

Location: Ravensthorpe

Cost: $70 per person for a 2 Day workshop

Limit of 10 people. So please register early

Please bring your lunch and a water bottle each day

To book in please contact:  

Mel Daw email: rraccoordinator@westnet.com.au or 0427 381530



Come and learn how to weld scrap metals and old farm implements together to make a sculpture for your front gate as part of the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council Farm Gate Art Project

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).
  • 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 (not essential)


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


Material Ideas to Start:


Have a look these interesting scrap pieces to get an idea of what you will need to bring, if you’re not sure just bring it anyway and we’ll work it out from there!








Think about how you might build your structure or how it will fit together. Is it going to be on a gate, or will it be freestanding? Some methods to use might be:


Use pipe to build up structures eg. stems, branches

Adding plasma cut shapes from found objects

Adding plasma cut shapes from flat sheet metal

Using found shapes together with cut shapes

Use negative and positive shapes eg cutouts in discs


Joining techniques:



Lace things together

Wire objects on

Linking objects using chains




Will you paint it, or leave it rusty? You can get colour from car or machinery panels, drums etc. or you can paint afterwards.