you're reading...
Ceramics, Community Projects

Sunday Studio Visit – taking the studio out of the studio!

Today’s Sunday studio visit is a visit outside the studio – I spent the day running clay workshops as part of the Scotsburn Fire Recovery Art project.

Scotsburn is a beautiful picturesque rural community on the outskirts of Ballarat in regional Australia.

Photo : Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn Bushfires 2015

Photo : Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn Bushfires 2015

The bushfire happened in December 2015, and burnt through 4,000 hectares, taking livestock, shedding, homes and precious memories.

I remember the day vividly . I live in Dunnstown – a stones throw away as the crow flys – and have friends living in the area, so we were very concerned and attentive to the situation on the day. In fact we watched the huge D10 waterbomber zigzag across the sky approaching the area to douse the flames. It was very scary and in the following days I visited the area and documented the scene in an artist capacity. I have not, as yet, developed these images in any way out of sensitivity to a community that is, and will be for quite some time, hurting on many levels.

It is in response to this hurt that an arts recovery program has been developed to engage with the local community – art being an important vehicle toward expression and healing. There are a variety of activities being offered to the community in a series of workshops – clay (that’s me), felting, drawing and jewellery making – which will culminate in an exhibition at the end of the year.

And today was the first session! And I had some some happy cheesy smiley people playing with clay!

Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn arts recovery program

The day was divided into a morning and afternoon session with a BBQ lunch in between – complete with vegetarian BBQ! lucky for me 🙂

Lots of fab work was made during the day, and I can’t wait for the future sessions and the exhibition in November!

And here are some pics from the day – enjoy!

Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn arts recovery program

Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn arts recovery program

Dawn Whitehand Scotsburn arts recovery programDawn Whitehand Scotsburn arts recovery program

Finished creations

Finished creations

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Bookmark and Share

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Archives

Blog Stats

  • 48,564 hits
Creative Commons License
This work by Dawn Whitehand is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.
%d bloggers like this: