WORDS FROM OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Us creatives like to think outside the box, push the boundaries a little and always, always like to do things a little differently. Hence our decision to have our opening party just over twelve months since our commencement and to coincide with our Christmas festivities!
In the true spirit of having friends to visit, we have been a bustle of activity cleaning up for our opening – amazing how much cleaning you can get done with a deadline! Big, BIG thanks to our amazing community volunteers, Moora School of Music teachers and GSAC board members who put in a massive effort at our busy bee last week. Walls were painted, windows polished, floors mopped, tiles de-greased (my word, what a job!) and Louise House I’m lookin’ at you, bathrooms are now spotless!
We cannot wait to welcome you all to our official opening party! We’ll have the Pied Piper of Moora, Wes Porter, leading a marching band from the main street across to the Gardiner Street Arts Collective, local art for purchase for sneaky Christmas gifts, live music and much, much more.
Keep on creating!
The honourable Governor of WA, Mr Kim Beazley visited our Gardiner Street Arts Collective and was blown away by the vision and the hard work of our volunteers and Board. “You are an unusual group of people here in Moora”, began Mr Beazley, “you have so much passion and have achieved so much in such a short time.” The board of the GSAC used the Governor’s visit as an opportunity to showcase the evolving uses of the arts collective, including children’s dance, ballet, belly-dancing, workshops and exhibitions. The Governor seemed impressed by the GSAC and promised to revisit once our community garden is up and growing.
As the year draws to a close, now is such a great opportunity to reflect on ‘the year that was’. 2020 has presented us with an abundance of challenges and an abundance of appreciation for where we live, our friends and our community. Gardiner Street Arts Collective opened to creatives in February of this year, moved to online platforms in March, then resumed in-person lessons, workshops and exhibitions in the second half of the year. Our appreciation to our volunteers, our teachers, our artists, our workshop tutors and our Board is second-to-none and we feel so tremendously honoured to be living our ethos of “enabling intergenerational and cultural understanding” through our arts Collective.
In the lead up to our Official Opening and Shared Community Art Exhibition, we want to throw some love on our local incredible artists. We are thrilled to be welcoming a plethora of visual artists to our Shared Community Arts Exhibition in December – their art may provide you with the perfect Christmas gift for that someone special.
It would be remiss to end this column without giving congratulations to our Moora School of Music and Allie’s students on sitting and acing their practical music exams.