Saturday, October 1, 2016

Artist Talk with "Amok Island"

FORM & CBH Silos Project

With a rich history, not only is Ravensthorpe the place to stop and grab a pie and chips on your way to Esperance. Now, this is no travel blog but I'll let you in on a little secret. Ravensthorpe is an absolute gem, if you take the time to stop and breathe it in.

Thanks to FORM and CBH Group, the once-plain-white silos at the west entrance to Ravensthorpe have been transformed into gigantic pieces of ART! Just in case you hadn't noticed.
On the chilly evening of September 15th, around 25 intrigued community members gathered in the Ravensthorpe Hall to listen to a talk hosted by FORM & Amok Island. An insight into the process of how these enormous silos were turned into one of only two Silo Art Projects in Western Australia.

Fantastic! Amok Island (that's his Artistic name, you know, to keep his private life private) talked the group through the whole process from concept to (almost) finish. Amok Island's resume already included a large list of big scale mural projects, but the Ravensthorpe project was his biggest yet. A big fan of flora and fauna, Amok Island tends to paint his murals relative to the area, hence "Six Stages of Banksia Baxteri", for Ravensthorpe. Not to mention the too-cute Honey Possum and New Holland Honey Eater.

As audience members, I think we were a bit dumbfounded with the honesty in the detailed description delivered to us about the whole process, with this much information from a professional source someone might just pull off another silo mural down the road a bit! In all seriousness, it was very interesting, fascinating actually. Even better, Amok Island was a super nice down-to-earth bloke.

After the Artist Talk, relaxed chat took over as did mingling. Rags to Riches and Tepees of Hope were being exhibited in the Ravensthorpe Hall so the crew from FORM had the chance to browse and write their own comments inside the Tepees. Technically, Amok Island has made his mark on the CBH Silos AND our Tepees of Hope. That may not make the news though.

Thank you to those community members who attended the evening. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council looks forward to continuing our relationship with FORM, as they are such a friendly and professional bunch.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is supported by the Departments of Culture and the Arts and Regional Development, Royalties for Regions and Country Arts WA.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

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