Make Your Mark PROJECT
PROUDLY SUPPORTED BY ACT-BELONG-COMMIT, HEALTHWAY, CITY OF SWAN & SHire of Mundaring
Act-Belong-Commit Make Your Mark - A partnership between Healthway, the Mundaring Arts Centre, City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring attracted thousands of people from the eastern region to creatively work alongside local artists and ‘make their mark’.
The stunning array of creative outcomes were celebrated via a number of public performances, events and installations, attracting audiences of well over 14,000 people.
The youth and Indigenous visual arts programs immersed people aged 3-12 years in a variety of art mediums (painting, animation, paper-making, storytelling, jewellery, felt-making, drawing, natural dyeing, print-making, sculpture, Worn Out Worn Art and textiles). For the youngest age group (3 -5 years) parents also attended, enabling new socialisation opportunities for young families in Ellenbrook.
The animation workshops held at Midland Junction Arts Centre, Grapevine Community Centre Ellenbrook and the Old Midland Courthouse produced some fantastic short films, viewed by family members ‘on the big screen’ after each session.
Indigenous Cultural Coordinator, Robyn Templeton and artist Norma MacDonald worked with pre-primary to year 5 students from Middle Swan, Moordij Noongar College, Arbor Grove and Midvale Primary schools. Students took part in Indigenous culture sessions, drawing, natural dyeing and textile workshops to create individual and group artworks for the exhibition held at The Gallery, Ellenbrook. The Make Your Mark exhibition was opened by City of Swan Mayor, Cr. Mick Wainwright with a live performance by talented young songwriter Annika Moses. Louise Snook worked with Malvern Springs Primary and Moordij Noongar College school students to create individual felted self-portraits to be showcased in the next Make Your Mark exhibition.
Community members, local girl guide groups, Kalamunda Senior High, Helena College, Malvern Springs and Ellen Stirling Primary students unleashed their construction skills, creating amazing wearable art sculptures out of recycled materials. Many of the student’s works were showcased in a live performance at the Parmelia Hilton for the Local Drug Action Group’s State Conference. Midland Gate also proudly showcased the students ‘Mad Hats’ and character costumes with six static displays throughout the shopping centre to launch the Alice Through the Looking Glass movie at Ace Cinema.
The program of workshops for adults invited the public into private studios throughout the City of Swan, with a focus on the Swan Valley, as well as offering workshops in many mediums (ceramics; oil, acrylic and watercolour painting; jewellery; printmaking; natural dyeing; weaving; crochet; sewing; electronic media and drawing) with renowned local artists. Professional development forums were held in Midland, Gomboc Gallery and Ellenbrook, bringing together artists to form new collaborations and nurture their arts practice.
Whether the individuals taking part were senior iconic artists sharing their skills, and therefore leaving their mark, or a young child making their first, tentative, creative splodge, Make Your Mark celebrated a sense of community and the creative journey.
The program continues, check out the MAC workshop page for the new series of workshops and events.
check out these Amazing Animations made at the workshops with Steve Aiton
WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW YOU
As part of this project we would also love to get to know artists from the region; expand our list of workshop providers and exhibitors and create valuable networks.
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If you would like your information added to our artist database, please complete the form below
If you have artwork you would like to be considered for display in the Mundaring Arts Centre Shop, please visit use the link below for information about how to apply