WORDS FROM OUR CREATIVE DIRECTOR 

Come with me on a wander of fancy… follow my thoughts as they meander from the works of great Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky, to how art allows your soul the freedom to improvise and compose joy.

Kandinsky was a pioneer of abstract Art – he used masses of colour, lines and forms in a completely different manner to his predecessors and contemporaries. Kandinsky understood the power of music and its relationship to abstract art – music does not try to represent a physical presence, but rather expresses itself through emotions. Kandinsky sometimes coined musical terms for his work; with spontaneous paintings dubbed “improvisations’, and his more elaborate works “compositions”.

Here at your Community Arts Hub, we want you to give yourself the freedom to use all mediums of art to improvise and compose joy.

Our Community Garden is certainly worthy of the ‘composition’ tag – what an epic piece of community art! The opening of Moora’s Community Garden was only possible with massive help from Tracy and Michael Humphry, Ross Adams and Louise and James House. Our wicking beds are in place and we even have some delightfully broccoli seedlings poking their head above the soil. 

Ballet classes have started! Toddlers and kids unite! Awash with ballet barre, allegro, adage and, most importantly, fun. Children are learning to improvise to music and place their own steps together. 

Moora School of Music is back teaching our community and sharing their love of music and instruments. We love the sound and colour brought by our friends at the Moora School of Music. 

Get your diaries ready as we will be launching our “Improv” painting night – think music, mayhem, paint and laughter! This will be a night to leave your inhibitions at the door and follow in the footsteps of Kandinsky. Guided by me, we will create art using pop, rock, classical and jazz music as our inspiration. The canvas will be large – the fun will be epic. The art will be spontaneous!

Keep on creating! 

Ny x 

ARTS HAPPENINGS 

Following on from a wildly successful workshop with Kerry Munns, your Community Arts Hub is thrilled to welcome Emma-Jane Hunt to Moora. Emma-Jane Hunt is a Yjindibarndi and Djaru woman with traditional and ancestral links to the Pilbara and Kimberly regions of Western Australia. Emma-Jane was taught to weave when living in the East Pilbara by Martu Weavers from the Western Desert. Emma-Jane brings her skills, her passion and her stories to her basket weaving workshop here at GSAC on May 15 from 11am to 2pm. 

Basket weaving is a part of women’s business, so Emma-Jane only shares this technique amongst females.

Over the past 8 years Emma-Jane has kept her techniques as close to what she was taught as possible. She is grateful for being taught these weaving techniques and is passionate about keeping this cultural practice alive by confidently sharing this with other females.

Join Emma-Jane Hunt, as she teaches you the art and technique of basket weaving. By the end of the workshop, you will have the skills and materials to complete your own basket.

With the invitation to display your finished baskets during Reconciliation Week (27 May – 3 June) at GSAC.

GSAC is proud to invite you to Dean O’Callaghan’s ‘From the City to the Bush’ art retrospective exhibition. This exhibition will run from June 4 to June 11. 

Dean’s works have seen a gradual change over the past four to five years, from producing work in response to his environment and experience, to forming and working through ideas in an intuitive manner using various digital drawing platforms. From 2017 to 2020, Dean’s hard-edge abstract paintings were directly influenced by modern and contemporary architecture, and rural landscapes. From January 2021, colour, shape, and line became key elements with balance being one of the major objectives in his paintings.