Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park Arts Sea­son is bring­ing more in­ter­est into arts and cul­ture.

This is ev­i­dent at the Vic­to­ria Park Cen­tre for the Arts, which has 13 events dur­ing the course of the sea­son.

Cen­tre gen­eral man­ager and artis­tic di­rec­tor Clare Szmekura said she was en­cour­aged by the re­sponse to the Arts Sea­son, with many peo­ple ask­ing to be in­volved.

“We dou­bled our av­er­age num­ber of peo­ple com­ing through the cen­tre per year dur­ing the first year of the Arts Sea­son last year,” she said.

“That was con­tin­ued this year with about 200 peo­ple com­ing through each week.

“The idea of the Arts Sea­son is to re­move the bar­ri­ers and al­low peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence art.”

Szmekura said multi-cul­tural events such as the Art of Em­pow­er­ment and the Reach 1 Teach 1 hip-hop youth en­gage­ment work­shops had been high­lights.

“We’ve had four ex­hi­bi­tions dur­ing the sea­son, in­clud­ing hold­ing the Town of Vic­to­ria Park Art Col­lec­tion, which in­cluded a se­lec­tion of works,” she said.

“The Cre­ative Con­nec­tions ex­hi­bi­tion linked peo­ple liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties with po­ets, while the Be My Ko­orda Sup­port Group Vis­ual Arts Work­shops in­cluded kids liv­ing autism with the works in­cluded in the Ex­press Your­self ex­hi­bi­tion. Ex­press Your­self in­cludes cre­ative ex­pres­sions that can be 2D, 3D or any­thing such as dance, the­atre or mu­sic.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d467996

Clare Szmekura with some of the ex­hi­bi­tion art­works.

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