Esperance Community Arts changes governance

Esperance Community Arts is undergoing significant changes to membership and governance in response to the 2016 Arts Review. The peak arts organisation is set to establish an inaugural Board of up to 12 members by November 2017. This will replace the committee structure that was made up of representatives nominated by member groups, plus three individual members.

Narrogin-based artist Marcelle Riley is returning to Esperance next week, this time to teach basket making. Photo by Jane Mulcock.

Narrogin-based artist Marcelle Riley is returning to Esperance next week, this time to teach basket making. Photo by Jane Mulcock.

Board membership is an opportunity for people with a passion for the arts to create a strong vision and future for arts and cultural life in this region, and to be a voice for the arts in our community and at a state and national levels. The new board structure will incorporate a range of skills and interests with two positions for practicing artists, two for representatives of member organisations, four for people with necessary business skills and two positions for community members. The ‘Interim Board’ will have nomination packs available by September 1, and encourages anyone with an interest to consider nominating.

Esperance Community Arts has also broadened its membership categories. Individuals, and community organisations are encouraged to sign up and be a part of an exciting new chapter for community arts in this region. Becoming an individual member of makes you eligible to nominate for a position on the new board. You will also be eligible to vote for the new board members in November. Membership forms will be available by September 1, when the membership drive will be officially launched – details on that event to come.

While the weather may have been keeping many of us indoors, the arts community continues to provide opportunities and some relief during these cold winter months.  The 2017 Esperance Music Festival runs from Thursday 17th August until Saturday 19th August at the Esperance Civic Centre, with over 700 performers registered. Grab a program and come along to support Esperance's music community. Esperance Theatre Guild members have been busy rehearsing for their latest production, “Are You Being Served”, directed by Barry Wroth and supported by a stellar cast. Tickets are on sale with the opening show on Friday  August 25.

The Cannery Arts Centre has developed a number of exciting workshops as part of their Art Lab Program including drawing, macramé, pottery and kids art and craft classes. Check out their Facebook page or call in to the centre to find out more. The Esperance Brass Band is also busy preparing for its ‘50th Anniversary Concert’ at the Esperance Civic Centre on Sunday September 24, an opportunity for the whole community to celebrate an important part of the cultural life of this town. Esperance Community Arts volunteers are running several projects over winter using recycled textiles: our Cushion Competition is a fundraiser and closes August 24th, the 2017 Christmas Bauble project is up and running, the Rags to Riches project is underway and the Knit for Art group are creating an amazing installation with an underwater theme. Find our how to get involved and collect some recycled materials from the Art Space at 67 Dempster Street to get started.

The Nyungar Dolls, Basket Weaving and Yarning workshops are also on again from Monday 21st to Wednesday 23rd of August from 10am -2pm at the George Street Centre. Visiting artist Marcelle Riley will be teaching Basket Weaving. All materials are provided and there is no cost to attend. Lunch, crèche and transport are included for those who register with Escare or Esperance Community Arts in advance. Everyone is welcome. Our thanks to the Shire of Esperance for supporting the Esperance Brass Band, the Cannery Arts Centre and Esperance Community Arts through the Community Development Fund this year, an acknowledgment of the significant contributions that the arts make to community life.

For more information on any of these events contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, email admin@esperanecommunityarts.org.au, visit our website or message us on Facebook or Instagram