School holiday madness has been and gone (thank goodness WA schools are open!). We saw painting workshops galore for people big and small – with the only uniformity about the results being their fabulousness! (BTW fantabulousness is totally a word and not at all made-up). 

I think that it is fair to say that your community arts hub has been brimming over with activity; we’ve hosted eight creative workshops alongside our usual jazz, ballet and music lessons. 

If you’ve been into the Collective lately, you will have noticed my drawings on the wall which are the start of GSAC’s mural and are a visual metaphor for all that we hold dear here at the Collective – inclusion, diversity, creativity and joy. 

‘Til next time…


Workshops were definitely the order of the month – with people excited to be honing their creative skills. 

In the wake of an age where efficiency tends to outweigh all else, a ‘slow craft’ movement has arisen to honour and preserve the art of slow crafting. The movement is all about being conscious, deliberate, intentional and connected. Slow craft means finding a balance between process and output; it is part of being in a harmonious relationship with your craft. Enter our two Slow Craft workshops held this weekend. Under the careful tutelage of local textile creatives, Shireen Manning and Peta Ellis, workshop guests were introduced to the art of crochet and knitting. From the laughter and conversations emanating from within the Collective building over the weekend, it is obvious that much joy was had by all. 

Whilst some were knitting and crocheting, others were cooking up a storm with Sharnee Beard of Table and Taste at the Central Midlands High School (CMSHS) Hospitality Centre. Guests were treated to the tips and tricks of gnocchi-making and the gastronomic delights of middle eastern cuisine. Sharnee commented on what a treat it was to host a cooking workshop in a commercial kitchen of such a high standard. CMSHS were so wonderfully welcoming to us, and we thank them for allowing GSAC to use their Hospitality Centre. 

Quatre! We are so very blessed to live in a region where artistic talents thrives! This month we welcome Angela Kruger to the windows of the Collective. You cannot help but be drawn in by the colour and dynanicism of Angela’s work. Angela is a semi-retured graphic designer, art teacher and youth justic officer. Based in Dandaragan, Angela is primarly a painter and print-maker. Her extensive travel through australia and overseas inform her work with their colours and form. Angela uses photography, a visual diary and online tools to create her artworks. She generally paints with acrylic and gouache on paper and uses lino printmaking to print on fabric or paper. Angela loves to explore the textures and patterns of the natural world. Angela’s exhibited works are available for sale through Angela Kruger Art.