Arts Out There column: Esperance Community Arts discuss Christmas 2017

For the arts to remain a creative force in this region it is important that they continue to represent the diversity that makes our community unique, to develop and grow to meet the communities changing needs.

If you have a vision for the arts in the Esperance region now is your opportunity to be a part of creating that future.

Individual and corporate membership and nominations for the new Board are now a priority focus for Esperance Community Arts, in its role as peak arts organisation for the region.  

The Interim Board are currently preparing the way for the new Board, to be elected by the organisation’s members on November 1.  

This skills-based board will replace the former Management Committee made up of representatives nominated by member groups.

Anyone with an interest in the arts is encouraged to consider nominating for a role on the new Board.

Membership is now open to individuals in addition to community groups and organizations.

There is also a Junior membership category and a concession membership rate of $5.00.

Speak to a member of the Interim Board to find out more or attend the ‘Membership Launch’ to be held on Friday the September 15 from 5 – 7pm at the Esperance Community Arts Space, 67 Dempster Street.

Membership not only allows you to nominate as a Board member but also enables you to access a range of other benefits including advocacy, arts resources, information and networking opportunities.

You can also display work in the shop and gallery space and get assistance to promote your arts activities and events.

The first weeks of spring are celebrated with the iconic Esperance Anglican Wildflower Show from Tuesday 12 th to Saturday the 16 th of September.

This year’s theme “Salt Lakes Their Web of Life” has provided great scope for the Photographic Exhibition and there will also be a student art exhibition and a number of local musicians and groups performing through the five day show.

Local Artist Lynne Symes is holding an exhibition of her paintings in the ECA Space with the opening night on the 14 th of September from 6-7.30pm.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

And the works will be on display until 22nd September.

The Esperance Brand Band is Celebrating 50 Years with a Gala Performance at the Civic Centre on Sunday the 24 th September at 2.30pm.

It will include visiting musicians and past and present members. As one of only a few brass bands in WA this memorable performance will also connect so many of us to a whole range of community events at which the band has played over its long career.

The Esperance Nyungar Dolls and Yarning Workshops are continuing on Monday 11 th and Monday 18 th September from 9 – 12pm at the Betty Donavan Centre in Nulsen, leading up to a very special exhibition opening in October; the Yamato Drummers of Japan are coming to the Civic Centre on Friday 29 th September for one exciting performance; and the Cannery Art Centre’s “Art Lab” workshops, including weaving, pottery wheel, printmaking and drawing, will continue through September.

If you like to crochet, knit and stitch you can create a Christmas bauble as part of the 2017 Christmas Bauble Project, or get yourself some recycled fabric from the ECA Art Space and create a recycled piece as part of the popular “Rags to Riches” Project with entries to be displayed at the Nulsen Fun Day on November 4 th . Esperance Drumming Group, in partnership Esperance Community Arts, will also be hosting the Sambanistas at the Whale Tail on Sunday October 1 st , starting at 7.30pm. More details to come.

If you are new to town or just looking to get involved in a creative project call in and see us at the Esperance Community Arts Space at 67 Dempster Street as we have a lot of information that can connect you to a whole range of arts events and groups.

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