Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Art for Waste Awareness

New project launch. 

School holiday fun!

9.30am: Meet at East Mylies in the beautiful Fitzgerald River National Park for a talk with our local park ranger and a beach comb for plastic waste.

11am - 1pm: Meet us down at Windspray Arts Centre (at the Maitland Street Shop Complex) for demo's on making Waxed Fabric (re-usable glad wrap), 'plastic fabric' that can be sewn into wearable art AND MORE. Harriet Paterson (University of WA Albany) will be presenting on the history of plastic and effects of the plastic boom. 

Come along and learn some artistic techniques!

Hear about the "Big Ball" project initiative. 

Join us in the fight against plastic waste, through community connection and art! We can do it!

Home made waxed fabric.

This exciting project launch is a partnership with the Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (RAIN) and the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Celebration Time

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils' 30th Year of Incorporation. 

Light refreshments provided. BYO permitted. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

All about Dance. "RRAC Dance".

The patter of little feet, the giggles, the challenge and the joy. 

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (RRAC) has been working to propel dance into the local artistic repertoire. Through an ongoing partnership with Country Arts WA, The Regional Arts Partnership Program presented an opportunity for RRAC to further nurture the love for Dance. 

Since the dance project (a long term goal of the organisation) was pitched in 2016, RRAC has coordinated a network of professionals, partnerships and tools that is delivering a dance program across 5 regional towns, giving every school child the opportunity to participate. Aimed to enhance liveability, connection and opportunity, the "RRAC Dance Project" will continue into 2019. 

Our local pilot project was carried out in school Term 4 2017, in the schools and communities of Munglinup, Jerdacuttup, Hopetoun, Lake King, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup, led by professional dance artist Alice Lee Holland (who flew in from Melbourne). Last year’s five-week ‘test run’ enabled professional insight, efficient scheduling and an effective mentorship program ahead of Term 1 2018. The mentorship of local dance enthusiasts is at the epicenter for the sustainability of dance activity in these regions.

The nine-week dance project in Term 1 2018 included mentorship for 6 dance enthusiasts living across Jerdacuttup, Munglinup, Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Jerramungup. As with Alice, our Mentees worked with professional dance artist Dr. Anja Ali-Haapala (from Brisbane) on a weekly basis. In-school classes were held in Munglinup, Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe and Jerramungup. Adult classes were sucessful in Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun, and after school classes for children in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup and Lake King. Sound like a lot? Yes, trust us it’s a big project! 190 dance classes were taught in Term 1, to over 300 children and 24 adults. Anja drove over 7,200 kms during the 9-week residency!

Term 1 Feedback from Year 2 Students
Making sounds with my body is fun. (Body percussions)
The music and the moves make me feel happy.
Dancing makes me feel happy and excited.
I feel proud when I achieve something in dance.
I feel happy when I win musical statues and happy when I’m in the audience helping.

With community feedback and the insight from two professional dance artists, we will now prepare for the next Term of the project which will commence in October 2018 (School Term 4).

Even if dance is not your cup of tea, the positive effect that the project had on the children is obvious and immense. This project gives every school child in the targeted regions the opportunity to dance. Arts education provides far reaching benefits for students across their whole school life. Students who are exposed to high quality, creative arts learning are more engaged at school, have more self confidence, resilience and better problem solving skills.

By bringing in professional dance artists to upskill our community members so that they can teach dance classes beyond the life of this dance project (ending June 2019), RRAC is striving for excellence and sustainability. 

The Regional Arts Partnership Program is supported by the State Government of Western Australia and Country Arts WA.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

OVER THE FENCE Comedy Film Festival

A Partnership with the Ravensthorpe Youth Club

Ok comedy film lovers, it's time to sit back with friends and chuckle away!




BYO (The Ravensthorpe Youth Club Encourages Responsible Drinking)

The Ravensthorpe Youth Club is partnering with the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council to present this event. Profits from food and drink sales will go towards fundraising for the Youth Club. As the Comedy Film Fest is rated MA+ a family session will be hosted by the Youth Club from 5.30pm. Further information on the family session can be found on the Ravensthorpe Youth Club Facebook page. 

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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monkey & Me

A new development in the endeavor for dance sustainability, through mentorship of local artists, in and around the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Fat Girls in Bike Shorts

What a Performance!

After an initial widespread cringe at the show title, the community surrounding Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe scurried to purchase tickets to RRAC's second comedy presentation for 2018! With all the glitter and glam that a girl could provide "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts" Rosie Sitorus and Kellee Aberg gave Hopetoun the spangled performance they were expecting!

Eager for comedy and company, approximately 30 Ravensthorpe patrons travelled down on the Lotterywest funded bus to partake in a community soiree come stage performance that was "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts". Hopetoun audience members were delighted to have more friends join the party of over 100 people, and all were impressed with the star of the soiree, a glittering pyramid-stack of chicken nuggets!

The show tackled important issues such as what to do when you are cheated of one chicken nugget when going through the “drive thru” and the solution to sweaty summer cavorts – bike shorts of course! But on a more serious note, the show resonated the real struggle women face on body image topics. Not many of us are perfect and the girls were there to reinforce the message that we are all beautiful, smart and sassy no matter the shape.

As an audience member, the show was relatable, it was obviously written from the heart and from real life experiences. You appreciated the honesty behind the ridiculous songs and gave credit to the boldness of the "Girls" on stage in very small sparkly costumes! There was no ego in the performance, they were real life characters making light of a sometimes-harsh world and inviting us to laugh not at them, but with them. 

The Hopetoun performace was the last for "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts" and they celebrated by bestowing us with an Honorary member! During the post-show soiree, the casual encore of music and singing went on, a real treat which set a great mood. Catering by the Hopetoun Primary School P&C was faultless, a classy spread of the most delicious delicacies.

Some say “Fat Girls in Bike Shorts” was the best RRAC show they have ever been to, but we will let you make up your own mind. Hopetoun needed a good laugh, thank you "Fat Girls in Bike Shorts", Euphorium production team and the Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe community.

Images by Dene Bingham Photography.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Get with the Programme!

Are you coming to Flickerfest Hopetoun?

This Saturday night the smell of popcorn and potato chips will fill the Hopetoun Community Centre. 

So get with the programme and join in the fun! 

Doors open at 6.30pm for ticket sales ($10 per adult) and the "Best of Australian Short Films" will screen at 7pm. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gustav Hellberg, what have you been up to?

A Sweed in the hand is worth two in the Bush. 

The Spaced 3 : north by southeast project has been percolating for almost 3 years, and what a journey it has been. As I write this article, Gustav Hellberg is charming locals at the Hopetoun Community Centre with talk of his outback adventures, his triumphs and perhaps a series of unfortunate events (comprising of damaged drones and snake infested no-go bush zones). 

You see, Gustav is a new-media professor. He teaches Korean students in Seoul. During this second residency in Hopetoun, which has taken place across February 2018, Gustav has filmed across various landscapes all over the Ravensthorpe Shire. He has been busily capturing images that will all be cleverly edited together to form his artwork: a short film which will be exhibited at the Art Gallery of WA.

What we have already seen in this fabulous project is a talented and worldly Nordic artist sharing ideas and techniques in our regional remote community. We have seen children inspired by strange contraptions and flying video cameras and we have seen that with artistic determination much can be achieved. Local artists have been up-skilled, network connections have been made and the Ravensthorpe region has been prompted into the spotlight. 

Even without the steps due follow after Gustav's residency concludes this Friday, we, and those who have taken part in small (yet important) snippets of this project are left holding a valuable experience. 

Future Film Stars from Hopetoun WA
On location, Hopetoun WA

Gustav will exhibit his full scale artistic new-media project work at the Art Gallery of WA from 4 August to 16 December 2018. 
This story does not yet have an ending!

Recording in the makeshift sound studio.

Artists Talk with Gustav Hellberg

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Flickerfest Hopetoun 

Celebrating 27 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy® Award accredited and BAFTA-recognised Short Film Festival, the country’s largest Australian & International short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world, hand-picked from 2,500 entries.

Flickerfest screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach in January 2018, with selected highlights touring Australia on a 50+ venue national tour from Jan - May 2018. Flickerfest remains a platform for celebrating the most entertaining and innovative short filmmaking from Australia and around the world.

Flickerfest returns to the Hopetoun Community Centre with the Best Of Australian Shorts, curated from the Flickerfest Australian & International programmes in competition at Bondi. This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world; expect to experience the best in short filmmaking Australia & the world has on offer.

BYO everything for this kick-back adults movie festival. Bring snacks, wine glasses, and nibble platters of your liking. Tickets available at the door from 6.30pm, for a 7.00pm showing. 

Please note: Children under 15 years are allowed to come and snuggle, just like they do at home - but the films have adult content so there are no ticket sales for under 15’s and children must be accompanied by an adult. 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dating Naked

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils first event for 2018. 

A partnership with Wavecrest Bar & Bistro - Hopetoun,  

& The Comedy Emporium. 

2017 Wrap Up

RRAC had a very busy and successful year. For sustainable livability in the region we worked behind the scenes to network intra-regionally, to bring awareness to our region, to widen funding opportunities, and to bring more artistic opportunities to our community. In 2017 RRAC continued to employ 2 part-time people. RRAC’s 2017 touring shows and events attracted 858 audience members. RRAC held 17 various workshops to support the artistic growth of 154 adults and 439 children. Over 1800 individuals participated in RRAC’s 2017 artistic calendar of events supported by over 800 volunteer hours.
Arts Summit Manduarah: Fay, Ainsley, Dianne & Kirsty

Additional to the above statistics, the recent RRAC Dance project saw over 300 children participate in a project designed to allow all children access to dance lessons. This project saw RRAC branching across into Munglinup, Lake King and Jerramungup. By including these communities in the Dance project, we were able to advocate for an amazing opportunity in the Shire of Ravensthorpe.

2017’s artistic journey began with Outer Fringe at the Hopetoun Community Centre, where we ALL received an unexpected surprise towards the end of the show! Also in January RRAC supported Windspray Arts and Hopetoun Progress Association to deliver artistic connection in Hopetoun.
Artists Talk with Gustav Hellberg
February brought Gustav Hellberg, our Nordic Artist into Hopetoun for a four-week residency. Despite being ‘marooned’ for a few days, as we all were, Gustav very much enjoyed meeting the community and is looking forward to his next residency beginning in February 2018. We believe he is particularly looking forward to ‘Chasing the Ace’. The floods did not stop RRAC from hosting the Brazilian Bossa Nova Baby concert in Ravensthorpe either! The food was floated in, and the drummer arrived from Perth (via Albany!!) but the night provided an outlet for connection during a devastating time.
Bossa Nova Baby - Ravensthorpe Hall
Moving into March, RRAC brought the first ever Flickerfest to Hopetoun. Flickerfest was well received so you can expect to see another pop-up cinema event (or maybe two) in 2018! March also set the stage for RRAC’s involvement in the Hopetoun Bush Dance as major sponsor. Featuring the Mucky Duck Bush Band and budding professional student singers and musicians, the night was an absolute success and a credit to the Hopetoun Primary P&C Association.

In May, a hatful of eager artists gathered at Windspray Arts for the Hard-Pressed wood carving workshop. The work went on to showcase “Elements of the Ravensthorpe Shire”, exhibiting in Geraldton, Esperance and Fremantle.

Topping off touring shows in August, RRAC brought “Barbara & Barry’s Sweet Sour and Saucy” to the very well suited Jerdacuttup Hall. The overwhelmingly funny and interactive show will be a hard act to follow!
Barbara & Barry's Sweet Sour and Saucy - Jerdacuttup Hall
RRAC value-added to the Ravensthorpe Wildflowers Shows’ magnificent splendour by offering artistic community members the opportunity to mix with legendary florist Matthew Landers. Mannequins donned floral wearable art and hand-made large-scale wildflower chandeliers were produced for the occasion. It sure was a spectacular sight. Let’s not forget the cultural walk on the unique Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Railway Heritage Trail with the lovely Sabrina Hahn.

As the months passed throughout 2017, some of RRAC’s tireless members were working on a project that would soon deliver the opportunity of dance to over 300 children. As part of an intra-regional collaboration every student in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Munglinup, Jerdacuttup, Lake King and Jerramungup were part of a pilot project beginning in October 2017. 4 weeks, 6 schools, one internationally recognised Dance Artist. The dance program is set to kick off again with the return of the 2018 school year and RRAC is offering an after-school extension class program for super-keen dancers wishing to extend skills. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Councils $140,000 1.5-year intra-regional project commencing February 2018 is part of a $400,000 Regional Arts Partnership Program for Contemporary Dance and Performance supported by the State Government of WA and Country Arts WA.
One "Tiny Dancer"
Of course, much of the above-mentioned cannot happen without willing volunteers, dedicated artists, supportive community members and the Shire of Ravensthorpe. RRAC is passionate about delivering connection through the arts for enhanced livability in our very special region. 

We are already enthusiastically anticipating the program of events already scheduled for 2018.