Arts Out There with Jane Mulcock

Gladys Hudson: A Creative Life. Exhibition at Esperance Community Arts Space showcasing the work of local artist, Gladys Hudson. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Gladys Hudson: A Creative Life. Exhibition at Esperance Community Arts Space showcasing the work of local artist, Gladys Hudson. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

May is a super-busy month for Esperance Community Arts.

Work is now underway on the development of a new Esperance Arts Culture Trail which will include a map of arts venues and locations for visitors and locals plus an online resource promoting arts activities, artists and arts-based businesses in the region.

We are very excited to welcome project manager Alana Ostle onto our team.

Alana brings a lot of relevant skill and experience to the role and is already working on some great ideas.

We are also preparing for a Professional Development seminar on June 7 presented by Propel Youth Arts.

This day-long session titled “Amplifying Young Voices” will be held at Lotteries House, thanks to our partners, Escare Incorporated.

It is designed for anyone interested in learning more about how to engage with young people through arts-based activities and is part of the state-wide Creative Grid project presented through the Country Arts WA’s Regional Arts Partnerships Program.

The Act-Belong-Commit No Lights No Lycra Youth Engagement project will also get underway with residential students from Esperance Anglican Community School and Esperance Senior High School on May 22nd, with students of all ages coming together to enjoy free-form dance to music of their choice.

The Act-Belong- Commit Writing to Performance, facilitated by visiting author Anne Pettit, runs from May 28th until June 2nd and includes workshops with students from Esperance Anglican Community School and Esperance Senior High School, plus two free community workshops on Wednesday 30th May from 6pm until 8pm and Saturday 2nd June from 10am until 12pm.

This project will culminate with a public performance and/or a visual exhibition in early June.

The Act-Belong-Commit Indigenous Mosaic project will be starting up at Nulsen Primary School in May and will provide opportunities for all the students to work with Nyungar artist Jennell Reynolds to mosaic Aboriginal designs onto three outdoor tables.

Our Didgeridoo project with Esperance Clontarf students is also ongoing as students continue to work on their instruments through term two.

We are also hosting two community exhibitions: The Esperance Photographers Club’s ‘Follow the Curve’ collection and ‘Gladys Hudson: A Creative Life’, a retrospective exhibition curated by ECA volunteers in response to the donation of Mrs Hudson’s work following her death in 2017.

Esperance Community Arts Board is now working towards a new strategic plan and preparing for the AGM on June 11.

Board nominations are due Friday May 18 at 4pm and nomination forms are available on our website.

There are lots of other arts events coming up this month as well.

To name just a few: The second session of the Esperance Jazz and Blues Club will take place at the Loose Goose with special guest Dean Hatiiani on Sunday 20th May; Blues musician Ash Grunwald is performing at the Cannery Arts Centre on May 25th; “Capture Nature” Photography competition and exhibition, presented by South Coast NRM, is opening at the Cannery Arts Centre on May 30th; and the Esperance Civic Centre is hosting a live simulcast of Black Swan Theatre’s production, ‘Summer of the Seventeeth Doll’ on Friday 18th May at 7.30pm.

For more information about upcoming events and activities contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, message us on Facebook, email us at admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au or visit us at 67 Dempster Street Esperance from 10am until 2pm, Tuesday through until Friday.

You can also visit our website at www.esperancecommunityarts.org.au/ and subscribe to our monthly e- newsletter for more information and regular Community Arts updates.