Esperance Community Arts has eight community partnerships underway

Sew many opportunities: Esperance Community Arts volunteer, Corrie Ambrose, is offering free sewing advice on Thursdays from 10am-2pm at 67 Dempster St. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.
Sew many opportunities: Esperance Community Arts volunteer, Corrie Ambrose, is offering free sewing advice on Thursdays from 10am-2pm at 67 Dempster St. Photo: Thuriyya Ibrahim.

Now that the Summer holidays are almost over it is time to focus on the new year ahead.  

Esperance Community Arts is launching into 2019 with eight community partnership projects already underway. As with all of our partnerships, these projects have developed out of ongoing consultation and extensive planning to reflect the priorities of community members. They create opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to share creative ideas and experiences, to develop new skills over time and to build new connections.

One of our feature projects over the next few months will be the Nyungar Boodja mural project. We were fortunate to be one only 5 successful applicants in WA for Regional Arts Funding which will allow us to create a series of murals to showcase local Nyungar culture, language and heritage in the spirit of Reconciliation. This project will include mural painting workshops in the April school holidays with local artists as well as large-scale mural by accomplished aerosol artist, Matt Adnate.

The Act-Belong-Commit Warang Kaddatji Theatre Project is also about to get underway again with another film-editing workshop to be scheduled in February, while the Act-Belong-Commit Esperance Samba Drumming group will  continue to meet on Thursdays, with opportunities for beginners and experienced drummers to get involved.

The Indigenous Languages and Arts program will support 50 students from the Esperance Girls Academy to attend a cultural camp in February, plus a series of Indigenous arts and crafts workshops to be coordinated in partnership with Escare. The Yarning Dolls workshops will also be back this year with more sewing circles, eco-dyeing and basket-making opportunities to bring people together.

A big focus for 2019 will be the Esperance Wildflower Festival, with a variety of community activities planned this year in the lead up to the Festival. Look out for the launch very soon of the new Festival logo and website!

There are also a few other new things happening in our Arts Space at 67 Dempster Street. Our volunteers have set up a sewing corner and will be available on Thursdays from 10am – 2pm to provide advice and share skills with anyone interested in learning how to sew. A series of painting workshops will also be starting in the near future for beginners and experienced artists who would like to come together to share their knowledge. In addition, Esperance Community Arts has recently joined the national ‘Be Connected’ program and will hosting a series of digital skills workshops with an arts focus for older people in the coming months.

In the last 6 months ECA provided employment for 8 local artists and 6 visiting artists who shared their professional skills and experience. We also employed an additional 7 people in administrative, marketing and community engagement roles.  We make this ongoing economic contribution to the Esperance region because we are consistently able to secure external funding thanks to core support from the Shire of Esperance. Over the last 7 years this has amounted to well over 1 million dollars of funds for the Esperance Community.

Esperance Community Arts welcomes new members. You can join online at any time via our website or by visiting the art space on Dempster St (opposite the museum) and filling in a membership form. Annual membership is $15 for individuals or $5 concession. Family and corporate memberships are also available. Join the arts network and find out more about the wide range of arts groups and arts-based opportunities in Esperance!

For more information on upcoming events please contact Esperance Community Arts on 9072 1158, message us on Facebook, email us - admin@esperancecommunityarts.org.au or visit us at 67 Dempster street from 10am -2pm Tuesday – Friday. You can also visit our website http://esperancecommunityarts.org.au/