Access to art is important for community life

Network of creativity: The development of the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail, which was launched in October was a significant milestone for Esperance Community Arts. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Network of creativity: The development of the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail, which was launched in October was a significant milestone for Esperance Community Arts. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

The development of the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail, which was launched in October was a significant milestone for Esperance Community Arts and identified a whole range of individual artists, arts groups, arts- based businesses and community groups that make up the creative industry in the Esperance region.

The printed Arts & Culture Trail booklet, plus the online resources of the associated Facebook page and website, have enabled easy access to the listings on the Trail. Feedback from the community and visitors to town has been overwhelmingly positive. A common response has been surprise at how many people are involved and how wide the range of arts activities in the region is. The best feedback of all is that people accessing the Trail have been able to make new connections and find out a whole lot more about what is on offer in the region.

Culture and the Arts WA recently reported record participation and access to arts and cultural activities increasing from 53 out of 100 people in 2012 to 65 out of 100 in 2017 (Arts and Culture in Western Australia 2018). The Esperance Arts and Culture Trail has been able to meet this growing community interest in how to get involved in a range of creative experiences can enhance their lives.

If you are an artist, or part of an arts group or business that was not listed in the initial Esperance Arts and Culture Trail booklet you can still register on the website (http://esperanceartsandculturetrail.com.au/). 

There is so much evidence that supports the importance of access to arts and culture as part of community life. If you have a story to share about a valuable arts experience in Esperance that has helped you connect to your community, please contact us. These accounts help us to convince our core funding bodies to continue investing.

Esperance Community Arts and Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation are partnering on a big Nyungar Boodja Mural project with visiting artist Matt Adnate, who will be in town from March 22nd until April 1st.

The Cannery Arts Centre also has a series of workshops coming up this month. Skate Art workshops are taking place on March 17th, 24th and 31st from 1-3pm with local teacher and artist Pat McCarthy for young people aged 10-17 years ($80 for members or $100 non-members).

If you are interested in performance art then the workshop ‘Developing Presence in Performance’ by well-known visiting artist Annette Carmichael on Saturday March 23rd from 10.30am to 12.30pm is set to improve your skills whether dance, theatre or music. Cost is $20 and you can find all the details on the Cannery Arts Centre website.