One door closes – Swan­pool com­mu­nity’s new art ven­ture

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS / PEOPLE - By WENDY HUNT

COM­MU­NITY s pi r i t i n Swan­pool has al­ways been strong, but in the last five years their ef­forts in run­ning the Bald Archy Art com­pe­ti­tion have at­tracted praise from far and wide.

Un­for­tu­nately, new ma­jor spon­sors of the ex­hi­bi­tion have changed the lo­ca­tions where the trav­el­ling ex­hi­bi­tion will be shown, fo­cus­ing on ma­jor cities to the ex­clu­sion of Swan­pool and other re­gional cen­tres.

“The Bald Archy has pro­vided a great morale boost for the Swan­pool com­mu­nity,” said Swan­pool Arts Fes­ti­val chair­man Barry O’Con­nor.

“Big­ger cen­tres have been as­tounded by the fact that over 18,000 peo­ple have vis­ited the ex­hi­bi­tion over the last five years, fig­ures higher than many larger cen­tres and gal­leries,” he added.

Un­daunted by their dis­ap­point­ment, t he good peo­ple of Swan­pool have gath­ered to dis­cuss the fu­ture – and come up with a bold new plan for an ex­hi­bi­tion which will be staged in Au­gust.

The com­mu­nity has de­cided to play its small part in the recycling bat­tle and fo­cus com­mu­nity at­ten­tion on the is­sue of waste re­duc­tion.

2018 will see the launch of the an­nual Swan­pool Cre­ative Re­cy­cled Art Prize, or SCRAP.

En­tries of wear­able and func- tional items, along with artis­tic cre­ations us­ing re­cy­cled, sal­vaged or re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als, will be ac­cepted.

The com­mu­nity has ‘put its money where its mouth is’ with the ma­jor prize of $3500 be­ing funded by the Swan­pool As­so­ci­a­tion with seven other prizes of $500 each cov­ered by do­na­tions from lo­cal busi­nesses.

The 2018 SCRAP ex­hi­bi­tion fi­nal­ists will be on dis­play in the Swan­pool and District Me­mo­rial Hall, 2386 Mid­land High­way, Swan­pool from Au­gust 4 to 19, open 10am to 4pm each day.

Ad­mis­sion is $5 adults and $2 for stu­dents.

As well as SCRAP, the Be­nalla Cam­era Club and t he Bro­ken River Painters will also be ex­hibit­ing.

The din­ing room, which has de­vel­oped a well-earned rep­uta- tion for fine food and ser­vice, will be open each day, of­fer­ing morn­ing and after­noon teas for $6 and lunches at $12 or $17.

Book­ings for the din­ing room can be made on 0422 370 389 or email swan­poolarts­fes­ti­[email protected] gmail.com.

For those wish­ing to en­ter their re­cy­cled art, forms can be down­loaded from www.swan­pooland­dis­trict.com.au. En­tries close 5pm on July 13. For queries or fur­ther de­tails con­tact Arts Fes­ti­val chair­man Barry O’Con­nor on 0407 266 688 or email bjo­con­[email protected]­tiv8. net.au.

“We urge ev­ery­one to get into their shed and cre­ate,” said Mr O’Con­nor.

Given their past tri­umphs with the Bald Archy, this com­mu­nity will cer­tainly put on a mem­o­rable event.

PHOTO: cour­tesy Michael Mo­erk­erk.

RE­CY­CLED BEAUTY: This artis­tic bot­tle by Michael Mo­erk­erk, made from com­mon house keys, is an ex­am­ple of the art that can be cre­ated from re­cy­cled ma­te­rial. The artist will be ex­hibit­ing at Swan­pool’s SCRAP ex­hi­bi­tion in Au­gust.

SCRAP: Swan­pool’s Arts Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee has un­der­taken new ven­ture, fo­cus­ing on re­cy­cled art. a

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