Team Ger­ald­ton rocks re­gional arts sum­mit in Man­durah

Geraldton Guardian - - News - Francesca Mann

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.

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