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“New Education Initiative Breaks Down Barriers for Locals”
"A new program of arts education has been breaking down barriers for local people. At North East Artisans, two “Door of Hope” courses have been underway, funded by the Tomorrow Today Foundation. The courses have been entirely free of charge and include a diverse group of participants of different ages and backgrounds. The six week program will culminate in an exhibition, to be formally opened on Thursday 6th April 6:30pm, in the exhibition space at North East Artisans.
In Annie Longmuir’s ‘From Fibre to Felt’ course, participants learnt basic wet felting techniques. Students are using their new skills to create individual pieces of ‘felt art’ using merino and silk fibres. The works include 3D art, jewellery, bags and wall hangings.
Participant Roslyn Archer described her enjoyment of ‘From Fibre to Felt’:
"I am loving the course. I have always wanted to learn how to felt, but have never known where to go to learn it. It has filled a hole in my life."
The other course titled, ‘Subject/ Object/ I’, has taken a more radical approach to arts education. Teacher Edie Black engaged participants in social theory and theories of perspective, to ‘put themselves in a social and political picture.’ The artworks produced include paintings, sculptures, mixed media and textile art.
Participant, Reuben Frankland, stated of the ‘Subject/ Object/ I’ course:
"It's confidence building."
His partner, Hazel Frankland agrees:
"It's great to have the space to try something new. I would never have done something like this on my own and it's great to be feel part of this community of artists."
Gaylene Arandall said:
"It was exciting, it was challenging and it was fun. There was a revelation in it too. It has brought freedom and it's helped me to create something that was in my blood. It freed me to think outside the square. I can't say enough about it. I highly recommend it to anyone. It's been wonderful."
Everyone is welcome to attend the exhibition opening at North East Artisans, 122 Bridge Street, Benalla between 6pm and 8pm on Thursday the 6th of April. Many of the works, which remain on display until Monday 8th of May, will be available for purchase.”
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