Team Geraldton rocks regional arts summit in Mandurah
Geraldton will be well represented at the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit, with delegates from The Comedy Emporium and Yamaji Art heading to Mandurah for the event.
The summit, which kicked off yesterday afternoon, is the first Statewide regional arts gathering hosted by Country Arts WA since Geraldton’s Open Your Eyes festival in 2011.
The four-day event celebrates the regional arts and cultural sector, while also exploring ways it can be improved.
Today, attendees will be able to participate in a Yamaji Arts workshop and help create a piece of art that will be donated to a Peel-based charity.
Yamaji Art’s exhibition, Our Stories Through Stitches, which features pieces made with natural fibres, materials and dyes, will be on display throughout the summit.
Yamaji Art manager Roni Jones said they were looking forward to attending the summit.
“We’re very excited, it’s a bit of a privilege to participate at such a prestigious location,” she said.
“The workshop will be community-based and we invite public participation. We welcome anybody from Geraldton in the area to pop in and have a look.”
Tomorrow night, The Comedy Emporium will present the hilarious Regional Produce show, showcasing work created by a diverse range of comedians from the Mid West, Peel and South West regions.
Ringleader Julian Canny said the summit was an excellent opportunity to share and learn.
“We have quite an active role in the sector regionally,” he said.
“It’s important to attend to be in the conversation and make sure we can do the best that we can at what we do.
“It’s going to be really good to catch up with people doing great things around the State and share ideas.”
Canny and Comedy Emporium Producer Emma Howell will also host a “Producing Value” workshop at the summit today.
The WA Regional Arts Summit runs until Sunday.