WORDS FROM OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Art celebrates the history, stories, people, and landscape of our region. At GSAC we want to share our interpretation of our region and beyond with our community. Our starting point for this celebration? We are launching a gallery shop at our Collective. We want to welcome you, our community, into GSAC to view, appreciate and, possibly even purchase artworks which reflect our environment. Each work will reflect the artist’s innovative, imaginative, and meaningful connection with place. As ‘merchants of meaningful, artful things’ we cannot wait to showcase the creative works of our community to a wider audience. We are so thrilled to be creating this space on Yued Noongar Boodja and are calling artists of all mediums to submit their works for consideration in our shop. Get in touch and keep an eye on our social media channels for more information on this creative enterprise.
In addition to the fun and games of creating and devising new ways to share the arts throughout our region, your GSAC Board has also been collaborating with Regional Arts WA to formulate a Strategic Plan for the Collective. The development of our Strategic Plan has clarified our ‘why’ and focused our activities to ensure that we can deliver the maximum benefit to our community. Our purpose here at GSAC is ‘to authentically grow creative and adventurous community spirit, To champion diversity and inclusiveness’. We aim to do this under a framework of ‘seed’, ‘grow’ and ‘harvest’. We ‘seed’ by teaching creative workshops, we ‘grow’ by building appreciation around the arts, and we ‘harvest’ through celebration and connection to the human spirit. Join us as we strive to build meaningful connections to each other, to Yued Noongar Boodja and the wheatbelt.
The Gardiner Street Arts Collective has just announced that, due to popular demand, toddler ballet is making a return for Term 3. Lead by Nyree-Jane Taylor, toddler ballet classes explore movement to music and expression through dance. Reservations are now being taken for Toddler Ballet via the Gardiner Street Art Collective’s social media channels.
This week saw another incredible Aboriginal Community Workshop at the Collective, with Glenda Blythe weaving her magic through creation, storytelling and sharing of time. Dubbed as the ‘weaving wonders’ workshop, Madeline Anderson stated “this workshop allows for people to have the time and space to embed their woven creations with the stories of their past, present and hopes for the future”.
Moore Catchment Council has continued its support of the GSAC Community Garden with the donation of a range of plants. The already amazing garden is now home to a beautiful mulberry tree which will provide shade in years to come. The Community Garden is a creative, safe space to learn and connection with nature, you are welcome to spend time in the garden whenever you desire. Just let yourself in, find a perch to sit, and enjoy.
Regional Arts WA, in partnership with your GSAC, are excited to invite you to participate in a dynamic, career developing, two-day Creative Leadership Program, right here in Moora on 9-10 August 2022. Designed for organisations, community leaders, local governments, teachers, artists and creative thinkers in our Wheatbelt region, this intensive leadership program will give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to build and strengthen your creative leadership skills. Led by renowned psychologist, Shona Erskine, the program has been designed to help facilitate a culture of self-leadership, collaborate leadership and community lead contribution to nurture the growth of leaders in regional WA. To register your interest: https://bit.ly/creativeleadershipmoora