In­spired cre­ativ­ity at heart of pro­gram

North West Telegraph - - North West Lifestyle -

A packed crowd at­tended the open­ing of the Art at the Heart ex­hi­bi­tion in New­man on Friday, Septem­ber 22.

The East Pil­bara Arts Cen­tre is play­ing host to a se­ries of spec­tac­u­lar works by artists-in-res­i­dence Han­nah Quin­li­van, Ya­suaki Onishi and Aki­rash un­til October 8.

Art at the Heart brought the three in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned artists to the East Pil­bara in 2014, 2015 and 2016 to com­plete six-week res­i­den­cies, cre­at­ing works in­spired by the land.

For the fourth and fi­nal year of Art at the Heart, the three artists have re­turned to New­man and com­pleted a short res­i­dency to cre­ate a group ex­hi­bi­tion of new works and se­lected pieces from their pre­vi­ous res­i­den­cies.

Shire of East Pil­bara pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie said the res­i­dency had been a fan­tas­tic ve­hi­cle for the Shire to show­case the beauty and mys­tique of the re­gion.

“We wel­come Han­nah Quin­li­van, Ya­suaki Onishi, and Aki­rash back to the East Pil­bara,” she said.

“All pre­vi­ous win­ners of Art at the Heart, se­lected for their unique qual­i­ties as artists, all (have) a vi­sion to share a lit­tle bit of them­selves through their East Pil­bara-in­spired cre­ativ­ity.”

There has been a range of free events and ac­tiv­i­ties as part of the Art at the Heart pub­lic pro­gram, in­clud­ing work­shops and artist talks.

To­mor­row and Friday from 6.30-8.30pm, com­mu­nity mem­bers are in­vited to the East Pil­bara Arts Cen­tre to view the Art at the Heart ex­hi­bi­tion af­ter dark.

On Friday from 9am-10.30am, the three artists will lead a craft ses­sion at the arts cen­tre for chil­dren.

There will be salt draw­ing with Quin­li­van for ages 0-3 and fin­ger paint­ing for ages 3-5.

Five to 10-year-olds will be able to cre­ate their own moun­tains and hur­ri­canes in­spired by Aki­rash and Onishi’s sky-high art in­stal­la­tions. Book­ings are es­sen­tial. Phone 9175 8000 or email cacd@east­pil­bara.wa.gov.au.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit east­pil­bara.wa.gov.au.

Pic­tures: Shire of East Pil­bara

Artist Ya­suaki Onishi.

Aki­rash, Ya­suaki Onishi, cu­ra­tor Dr Damien Smith, Shire pres­i­dent Lynne Craigie, Han­nah Quin­li­van and Shire of East Pil­bara chief ex­ec­u­tive Allen Cooper.

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