Bugs, festivals, funding and more

Space secured: An exciting moment last week for Esperance Community Arts as member Margaret Bennett helps to remove the For Lease signs on the front of the building. Photo: Jane Mulcock.
Space secured: An exciting moment last week for Esperance Community Arts as member Margaret Bennett helps to remove the For Lease signs on the front of the building. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

Its official, winter has arrived. Colder, shorter days mean a lot more time inside to do that important research and work on those creative ideas developed during summer, the perfect time for curling up with a favourite book or starting a new writing project.

Esperance Community Arts' 100-Word writing competition 'Bugs in the Bush,' could be the project to get you started. Entries of poetry or prose can be submitted up until July 5th. They will be exhibited at the Esperance Community Arts Space, where visitors will be invited to vote for the most original submission. Entry forms will be available this week and can be picked up from the Arts Space or downloaded from the ECA website.

If you prefer to make things, then work experience student Abbey is looking for volunteers to create origami butterflies for a 'Butterfly' installation that she is developing in the ECA Space. Instructions and paper are available to get you started. Entries to the 100-word 'Bugs in the Bush' writing competition and the 'Butterfly' installation will be on display in the Arts Space for the whole community to enjoy leading up to the Esperance Wildflower Festival in September.

The much-loved Esperance Music Festival is rapidly approaching (22-24th August) with entry day happening this Sunday, 9th June, at the Seventh Day Adventist Hall on Foy Street, from 10am-2pm. Festival Schedules are available at the ECA Space and can be downloaded from the ECA website. The Cannery Arts Centre's Winter music program is also now underway with more information available on their website.

Washed clean: The ECA has extended thanks for the ongoing support of its property owners, its volunteers and the community members who use the Arts Space. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

Washed clean: The ECA has extended thanks for the ongoing support of its property owners, its volunteers and the community members who use the Arts Space. Photo: Jane Mulcock.

The Esperance Community Arts Board made its presentation to the Shire Council this week to support our application for another year of Community Development funding. This valuable support from local government provides the foundation for all our activities by allowing us to secure additional State and Federal funding for arts and cultural projects identified by our community partners. The Shire's contributions to Esperance Community Arts in recent years have resulted in a 1500 per cent return on investment for the Esperance community. We would like to thank everyone who provided support for our recent funding applications in the form of 54 letters of endorsement from local arts groups, community organisations, funding partners and individuals. We now await the outcomes.

For more information 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/ ) and subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter.