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Door of Hope Project
North East Artisans
122 Bridge St East, Benalla 3672
Enquiries: 5762 8171 / 0478607838
Email: email@example.com Website/Contact Us: http://northeastartisans.org/door-of-hope
Door of Hope Project & Exhibition 2017
The ‘Door of Hope’ project was developed in 2016 by NEA artisans keen to provide opportunities for people in the Benalla community who have artistic capacity and dreams but haven’t had opportunities to have them realised. A courageous initiative for a small, non-profit organisation the Door of Hope project aimed to give people with a love of art an exposure to learning about art in an environment of encouragement and support.
Funded largely by a grant from Benalla's award winning philanthropic organization the Tomorrow Today Foundation, supported by NEA’s executive committee and facilitated by member artisans selected to take Door of Hope courses, the program was located in the creative community environment at NEA, where local artisans exhibit their work and from which a number of artisans work in studio environments.
What the Door of Hope offered
From February to April in 2017 the Door of Hope offered twelve hours of class time free of charge to 24 people with a choice of two programs -‘From Fibre to Felt', offered by textile innovator Annie Longmuir and ‘Subject/Object/I--Self Mapping Through Art'’, offered by local creative Edie Black.
Each group consisted of a maximum of 12 participants who worked with Edie and Annie to meet achievable personal goals in developing and exhibiting a work for exhibition and possible sale.
Each course was made up of two hour classes over a period of six weeks commencing in mid February – studio time was also be offered at the discretion of the teacher and students involved.
Courses concluded with The Door of Hope Exhibition - a joint showcase exhibition in gallery space at NEA which opened during the Wall to Wall Arts Festival and was on display for one month. A number of participants have gone on to investigate continued exhibiting of work in the NEA Gift Shop and Gallery.
The Door of Hope concept, which we hope will continue, if in a slightly different form in future, is built around strengths focused and resilience developing principles.
NEA’s Door of Hope project offered two x 12 hour art courses which included the opportunity to exhibit and possibly sell in NEA’s exhibition space as part of the Wall to Wall Art festival in Benalla in April 2017.
Application and Referral Process
Applications were by self referral or by referral from community agencies
Self referral - complete page one of the Application Form. In 2017 most applications were self-referrals.
Community agencies/other - for example
In 2017 community workers from two local agencies refer clients with creative dreams who had had limited opportunities to explore and develop their creativity further. The workers completed and returned both sides of the application form and returned to NEA. With permission of the participant, parents/carers and case worker/advocates from community agencies were be drawn upon and encouraged to provide encouragement and support.