Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council PD Weekend

A sense of belonging and community cohesion through the arts and culture as an integral part of everyday life in our region.

On the weekend of March 14/15, a group of 6 RRAC committee members took themselves off to Albany in the hope of finding peace and quiet to revaluate and reassess their vision.

We stayed at the centrally located Mary Thompson House, part of the Vancouver Arts Centre.  Arriving Friday night amid the chaos of the VAC’s first No Lights, No Lycra event proved somewhat challenging to find parking and unload, but with a bit of car shuffling we were soon all sorted and sitting down to dinner and a meeting.

After a late first night (we get excited when discussing future plans and possibilities) we began early the next morning with a Strategic Planning Session with the excellent facilitator Liz Jack from the Denmark Chamber of Commerce.  It was tough going; Liz was not easy on us and had high expectations…but her experience in business planning and the arts sector was a huge opportunity for us to gain a clear picture about who we are as an organisation and where we are going. 

Among some of the main points that came out of the session was that RRAC has an excellent opportunity to be leaders in the role of alleviating or addressing social issues within the arts, that we desire greater inclusivity across all profiles of our community, that we want to strengthen current partnerships with other groups, businesses and organisations and that we need to do more meaningful community consultation in developing our programs.

After an exhausting but productive day we decided to reward ourselves with a nice dinner out, and took along Amber Perryman (past RRAC   committee member and now manages the VAC) to catch up on all the Albany news. 

The next morning, after another late night out, cocktails and intermittent smoke alarms going off in the night (picture mature women in PJ’s running around at 3am to try and work out which alarm was the culprit and accusing each other of secret cigarette smoking in the hall) it was a more subdued group- some more subdued than others- that tackled a session on Social Media skills and reviewing a bunch of policy drafts.

It was, all in all, an extremely productive and fun filled weekend; now comes the hard part in applying all those decisions and producing those outcomes!

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Friday Night's Meeting

Saturday's Strategic Planning with Liz Jack.

A pity there was no time to admire the view from the deck.

...and Liz pulls out the big guns; hundreds of sticky notes to capture our thoughts!
We still managed to make some new friends on the way home!
Some of us really bonded!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015



The Ravensthorpe District Art Group invites you to create a Wearable Art piece inspired by our natural environment.

This is the perfect opportunity for textile artists, craftspeople, students and anyone with a love of textile art and creativity to show what they can do!

The creations will be displayed at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show Gala Dinner on 19 September 2015, on Manikins or modeled in the Gala Parade.

What is Wearable Art?

The wearable art movement made a statement in both the fashion and art industries in the mid-1900s and despite being hard to define; wearable art is still very popular today. The term can be applied to anything that can be worn including jewellery, clothing, bags, and hats. It is a very creative field which expresses the wearer's personality and values around colour, design, spontaneity, politics, culture and sense of joy.

Wearable Art might reflect cultural heritage, a commitment to sustainability, functionality, personal narratives, a wish to build community and change lives or it may simply be a piece of artful whimsy aimed at bringing some light hearted fun to the day. As a result most of the pieces, whether they are jewellery, fabric, felt or leather work will usually be unique pieces worn by the wearer as a focal point rather than as an accessory.

Wearable art can be wild and experimental or simple. It often represents the artists wish to push past their own technical and aesthetic boundaries in the materials and techniques they use to create something different that is still beautiful and wearable.

So get your thinking caps on now! Outfits can be any interpretation of the theme (Our Natural Environment) as long as they are primarily (more than 50%) textile material, and group entries are accepted as well.

Examples of Wearable Art are readily available on the web if you are looking for inspiration.  Entries can be a full costume or article of clothing or decorative piece such as shoulder pads or a cape. 

To assist with this project the Ravensthorpe District Art Group has received support from the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council to run some workshops during the year covering techniques that may be of use.

The first workshop “Fun with Felt” will be held over the weekend of 9 and 10 of May. Albany Felter, Lynley Campbell, will show how to make and embellish felt and participants will create their own bodice piece or cuffs.  Numbers for this workshop are limited so please contact Jen Chambers on 0429 381018 if you are interested. 

Entry forms for the 2015 Wearable Art Exhibition will be available soon at local outlets and more information will be in the next paper.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

B2M Rock Ravey!

Musicians from northern Australia had 60 or so locals movin’ and shakin’ in their seats and on the dance floor at the Ravensthorpe Town Hall on Wednesday night, when the band B2M visited town as part of their national album-launch tour.
The six young musicians from the Tiwi Islands off Darwin were here as part of the ‘Shows On The Go’ program, in an appearance jointly funded by Country Arts WA and the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. The event was also financially supported by the Ravensthorpe Shire Council and a raffle from the Paddy’s Market Day earlier in the year which greatly reduced the ticket prices for punters.
In a short program of rhythm and blues influenced by rap, rock and roll and hip-hop, the music carried messages for young people throughout Australia relating to the dangers of involvement with drugs, alcohol and violence, messages implicit in the Government initiative Act-Belong-Commit.
This message was further enhanced the next day as the band chose to forgo a deserved sleep in to run a music workshop at Ravensthorpe District High School with the secondary students.  All the students enjoyed this opportunity to meet the band; who wouldn’t?
Apart from the infectious music, patrons were treated to a meal of delicious Asian food prepared by Hopetoun personality Ayu Egerton, an initiative that was well patronised and much appreciated.
Thanks must go to those who regularly and generously support the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and to the Council for its endeavours to provide the community with such opportunities.
Organisers appreciate the efforts of those who assisted in the event and those who stayed behind after the show to help with the clean-up.
We hope that you enjoy these photos from the night!