Esperance Community Arts works towards the vision of increasing access to arts and cultural activities for everyone in our region. We do this by developing partnerships with a range of other organisations, community groups and individuals to help support their creative initiatives and aspirations.
The Esperance Arts and Culture Trail, launched on 24th August, is an example. People within the arts and business community have requested a resource that will help to identify Esperance as an arts destination for visitors. It is also a response to requests from arts groups who want to build their membership base and increase their public profile, and from individual artists, across all artforms, looking for opportunities to broaden their networks and extend their audience.
With over 100 individual listings, the EACT booklet and accompanying website begin to capture the diversity and extent of arts and cultural activity in the region. By collating this information in one place, we are aiming to showcase the wide variety of related activities and opportunities available in our community.
In this sense the EACT is so much more than a set of mapped locations to visit. It is a community resource to support new connections and collaborations. It also helps to make visible the importance of this sector for so many of our community members.
We hope the EACT booklet and website will encourage people to visit local venues and businesses, connect with local groups and learn about the work of local artists, musicians and performers. A list of public artworks and cultural sites has also been included in this project, a trail within the trail, representing many community initiatives over many years.
We have also launched the Esperance Community Arts’ new logo, celebrating the diversity in our community and the value of working together. The original design was created by Nyungar artist Jennell Reynolds (Nannapa) and translated into a graphic logo by Kate Dansey (Kate Hayes Creative Design & Brand Agency). The six coloured figures represent the six Nyungar seasons in acknowledgement of the country that we live and work on. These figures also represent the six artforms that we work with regularly in Esperance; dance, music, visual arts &crafts, writing, theatre and photography & film. Additional listings can be added to the EACT website at any time. If you work or volunteer in any arts-related activity and would like to increase your profile, please contact Esperance Community Arts to arrange a free listing. The printed booklets and the website will be available later this month. For more information please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158.