A Trio of Delights to Begin the Year

Well, it’s the beginning of 2015, and we already have three glorious developments to tell you about!  Read on…

Two Tiny Houses

Last July, a few of the Art Partners got together at Helen Seiver’s studio in Capel for a workshop.  The idea was to create mini wire houses as a response to the ‘tiny worlds’ theme for Big Kids Magazine, issue 7.

Alyssa Skippings with mentor Isabell Evans in the wire houses workshop in Helen Seiver's studio

Alyssa Skippings with mentor Isabell Evans in the wire houses workshop in Helen Seiver’s studio

The tiny houses were each graced with a suspended angelic creature.  The artists then took their finished houses down to Rocky Point Beach in Bunbury where they were photographed in various combinations and settings by Helen.  And, well, guess what?  Two Tiny Houses by the Big Sea features on pages 10 and 11 of the current issue of Big Kids Magazine.

Two Tiny Houses by the Big Sea. Photo by Helen Seiver

Two Tiny Houses by the Big Sea. Photo by Helen Seiver

The smaller of the two houses is by Helen, and the larger one is a collaboration between Alyssa Skippings and her Art Partners mentor Isabell Evans.  Kudos for these beautiful houses, the stunning photograph and for being selected for Big Kids!

Our feature photograph for this post (see the very top) is by Carensa Werder.  It focuses on another tiny wire house that was created at the same workshop.

Big Kids Magazine can be ordered online by following this link.  Or, it can be purchased at stockists listed here.

A third option is that you can comment on this blog post, and win your own copy Big Kids Magazine, issue 7.  Details below.

Spirited Cover Girl

Emma Matthews and her work Tim and Tom (created with support from mentor Edy Rees while in their Creative Kids Class at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries) were selected to feature on the cover of the current issue of Voice, the members’ journal of Down Syndrome Australia.  Emma was photographed for the cover thanks to Bunbury’s Steph Lloyd-Smith of Lloyd-Smith Photography.

Voice is available to members of Down Syndrome Australia and is not available for purchase by the general public.  But, that being said, we didn’t want our readers to miss out.  So, we’d like to share a few photographs of Emma from her shoot with Steph who brought her young subject’s spirited nature to the fore.

Portraits:  I am 18

Also beginning last year, Art Partners teamed up with photographer Carensa Werder and invited five 18 year olds with a story to tell to participate in an ABC Open project called ‘Portraits: I am 18.’  The project consists of a portrait photograph combined with a short narrative about what turning 18 is all about.  In this post, we like to introduce you to two of our five 18 year olds.

Beautiful Teagan

Teagan has an intensity and beauty that make her a perfect subject for a portrait photograph.  She was a complete natural in front of the camera.  This striking photograph was the final one taken on the day.  You can read the story behind the photo right here on the ABC Open website.

Beautiful Teagan for ABC Open 'Portraits: I am 18.' Photo by Carensa Werder

Beautiful Teagan for ABC Open ‘Portraits: I am 18.’ Photo by Carensa Werder

Justin’s Connection

Justin doesn’t speak with a traditional voice.  In order to get to know him just a little, the Art Partners team hung out with him on several occasions:  in an art class, while he was in the swimming pool, and at the Big Swamp.  Carensa captured this beautiful smile he flashed at someone he clearly has a connection with.  Read the full story here.

Justin's Connection for ABC Open 'Portraits: I am 18.' Photo by Carensa Werder

Justin’s Connection for ABC Open ‘Portraits: I am 18.’ Photo by Carensa Werder

A Give-Away

This month, we’re offering readers the chance to win one copy of Big Kids Magazine.  It has tons of creative ideas and beautiful images all on draw-ready paper so that you can get busy getting inspired.

Big Kids Magazine, Issue 7. Photo by Carensa Werder

Big Kids Magazine, Issue 7. Photo by Carensa Werder

Given that this is truly a special give-away, we need you to tell us why you’d like your own copy of Big Kids Magazine, issue 7. The most inspired and convincing comment will win the mag!

Comments from domestic and international readers are eligible.  We look forward to hearing!

46 thoughts on “A Trio of Delights to Begin the Year

  1. Brendan Kelly

    ART PARTNERS continues to show the way for the idea that everyone is able. Access all areas for all people of all ability…

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  2. Lyndendale Gallery

    What a creative lot of people are associated with Art Partners! The article is inspirational.
    I had never heard of the ‘Big Kids’ magazine and have obviously missed out on some new and exciting art and ideas.
    I would like to know where copies are available.

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  3. Isabell Evans

    Wow Emma! It’s amazing to see how much you have grown and how happy your art makes you. Well done to the team!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Isabell, and thanks for being part of the team! It was a super photo shoot, and the results speak volumes about Emma’s personality and creativity. Congratulations, once again, for your own (and Alyssa’s) inclusion in Big Kids Magazine!

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  4. Carensa Werder

    What a great way to kick off 2015 for Art Partners. I look forward to seeing where the rest of the year leads. Congrats to all involved in getting these works published 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Carensa. And, thanks for your ongoing efforts to photograph us and our work so beautifully. We’re definitely looking forward to a continuing collaboration with you.

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  5. Edy Rees

    What a great beginning to 2015 with Art Partners. The talents focused on, and the wonderful stories involving these inspirational young participants are just a joy, So privileged to be a small cog in the workings 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Edy! Thanks for being a pivotal ‘cog in the workings’ since our very beginning in 2011! Looking forward to continuing the amazing journey with you and the rest of the Art Partners team.

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  6. Alison Comparti

    How fantastic – what wonderful, inclusive projects – thank you for inspiring us all and bringing a bit of ‘art sparkle’ and connection with everyone in our community! Maybe we can look at a collaborative project with our Young Adults Group at Morrissey Homestead?

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Alison and to make the connection. Morrissey Homestead has been on our mind as of late. Let’s get in touch as see what we might be able to dream up. Thanks for checking out the post and for commenting.

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      1. Alison Comparti

        Give our Manager Anne Mitchell a ring anytime 9797254699, I’ll look forward to hearing about it at the board meeting.

  7. Leighton

    I like to say ‘start out as you plan to continue’. If that’s what Art Partners is doing here, then 2015 looks rosy indeed! Congratulations to all involved in these stories – Emma, Teagan, Alyssa, Justin, Carensa, Helen, Isabell and Steph (and probably others not named here)! Having managed to purchase a copy of Big Kid’s Magazine at the WA Art Gallery (and agitate at Oxford Books for them to get it in since they’re listed as a stockist and didn’t have it!), it was a bonus surprise to see additional work from Emma and Helen featured in it. There is more to see than what Wanda has told you so there’s even more reasons to get your own copy. (I hope that’s not a spoiler Wanda!)

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you so much Leighton. I did have my secret fears about the stockists, but thank you for persisting and purchasing. I’m sure your efforts were worth the reward! The Big Kids team announced the theme for the next edition at the launch of issue 7 at the Sydney Opera House last Saturday. We are most excited. That being said, and as you say, there is so very much to enjoy in the current edition. Thanks Leighton for being part of our journey.

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  8. Amanda

    Wow amazing art, conceptual and skill based. Art Partners is a wonderful example of how the arts benefit the whole community and the benefits can be seen in the smiles and joy, of the protege’s and mentor’s, captured in the photo’s (beautifully taken).

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  9. Louis Ariano

    What an original way in which Art Partners is touching the lives of folks, some of whom have no voice in society. I think of Justin’s connection with his smile. What a dedicated group of mentors that brings inspiration to folks such as Emma. One can see her face radiating a sense of accomplishment. The tiny houses pictured by the sea is certainly an original creation. In summary, the work encouraged by the mentors deserves a great deal of credit which I am sure is appreciated especially by parents and care givers.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Louis. It’s great that you’re able to follow our narrative from afar. Thanks also for your financial contributions to Art Partners. You really do make it possible for us to achieve these amazing outcomes!

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  10. Mark Sadowski

    The “trio of delights to begin the year” blog post is a wonderful read……a fantastic effort by Art Partners to capture the magic of the artists’ work, the photographers’ contributions and the subjects.
    I was fortunate enough to have attended the launch of Big Kids Magazine Issue 7 at Sydney Opera House on 17 Jan ’15 and met with Lilly Blue and others who work so hard to make this inspirational magazine a reality. The Bunbury/Capel artists and photographers who contributed to the content of Issue 7 (see Wanda’s Art Partners blog above under “2 Tiny Houses” ) are truly talented and make us proud to know you.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Fabulous Mark that you were able to represent the Art Partners crew at the launch of Big Kids Magazine, issue 7 at the Sydney Opera House. Thanks also for sending us a scan of the theme for the next issue that was announced at the launch. We can’t wait to get to work on our next submissions!

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  11. canberrachely

    Oooh, I would love a copy of this magazine – A wonderful treasure to keep under my pillow for dreams of all the ways that art can inspire us. And what a great place to record those dreams right back in the pages 🙂

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  12. Johanna

    It’s so wonderful to be kept abreast of Art Partners’ collaborations and successes via this blog. Justin’s smile, Emma’s gorgeous photo shoot and being able to enjoy a selection of art works are key highlights for me in this post. I’ve also never heard of Big Kids Magazine which looks really interesting for the crafty-minded. Keep up the great work!

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  13. rednomadoz

    If ‘Big Kids’ magazine is full of awesome stuff like the Tiny Houses, then why WOULDN’T I (or anyone, for that matter) want a copy??!! A seriously impressive start to the year – look forward to seeing what else happens as the year unfolds!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Hi there! Yes, Big Kids Magazine is full of awesome stuff, and is great for anyone whose imagination is in full gear. It would be perfect for you ‘rednomadoz!’ We look forward to sharing with you as 2015 steam rolls ahead.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much André for stopping by. It’s lovely when things start becoming just a touch familiar and individual narratives start developing. We hope you stay in touch in 2015!

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  14. Brendan Kelly

    The City of Bunbury – home of ART PARTNERS – seeks to become the most accessible Regional City in Australia by 2020 (MARCIA). One of the MARCIA criteria is to have a successful program linking the art world to people living with a disability. This fulfils the basic tenet of access and inclusion. Tick… Thank you all the people at ART PARTNERS, mentors, participants and supporters, who are key to helping the City to achieve its goal.
    Brendan Kelly
    Deputy Mayor
    City of Bunbury

    ps next… ART PARTNERS… National, International, Universal…

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  15. Stephanie

    So proud of you Alyssa and Isabell – such a beautiful (and successful) partnership! We are blessed to have the support of Wanda and Art Partners.
    Little Emma – I absolutley love these pictures – they are amazing and you look stunning! 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks for checking in Stephanie. Yes, Alyssa, Isabell and Emma have had wonderful journeys as documented in this post. We’re really looking forward to seeing what awaits for them in 2015.

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  16. Kathy Boxall

    What an amazing start to the year! I love how Art Partners really gets out there and tells the world about your wonderful work! I’m wondering how Art Partners found out about Big Kids and how the wonderful photo of the houses got into the magazine?

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Kathy. It’s been a great start to the year indeed! And, yes, we really love getting out there and telling our tales. We found out about Big Kids Magazine because Helen Seiver’s work was chosen to illustrate the call for entries for issue 7. The theme was ‘tiny worlds’ and Helen’s ‘Heartstrings House’ (shown in issue 6, and issue 7; pages 50 and 51) animated this beautifully. We then had the workshop to respond to the theme, photographed the work and submitted it. We thought you might be interested in reading part of our submission: “After trying for an hour to photograph the houses on the beach in the late afternoon, the session ended without securing the image. As the crew was walking towards the parking lot, Helen spotted the two ships in the distance and paused to photograph them. The houses happened to be resting on the stone wall, and this marvellous image by Helen was captured almost by accident.”

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  17. Renee

    You’re all doing such brilliant work! I love your zest for creativity, and look forward to seeing more. Thanks Art Partners, for sharing x

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Dear Renee, Thanks so much for stying in touch and for the marvellous contribution you made to our ‘creative zest’ in 2014. We’re hoping for more of your inspiration in 2015! Please stay in touch.

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  18. Lindy Loo

    What an inspiring journey for the creators of the 2 tiny houses. To have two feature pages in a magazine that is available at every art gallery in Australia! What a tremendous effort with tremendous results. Well done to all of you involved. Bunbury should be proud and I think a little ‘louder’ on your achievements.

    I love the photos of Emma. So colourful and bright. Her personality must shine through in many ways.

    Good luck with the ‘I am 18’ portraits. It appears you are already making an impact starting with Teagan and Justin.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Lindy Loo. It’s great to hear from you. Yes, the Big Kids Magazine outcome, and Emma’s cover shot for the Voice journal are really significant victories. It’s great that we’re able to celebrate them through this blog post. Teagan and Justin’s portraits are stunning, and ABC Open will soon be publishing a guest blog post on our impressions of having worked on that project. Stay tuned to our blog for more on ‘Portraits: I am 18.’

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  19. Art Partners Post author

    This just in from Jacinta Agostinelli, Managing Editor, Voice – the journal of Down Syndrome Australia: Art Partners has a great blog. It’s very interesting and easy to read, with some captivating images. In the latest post I love the tiny houses art. It reminds me of an arts project that took place in Melbourne recently called Home. The links are good too and I followed one to the Big Kids Magazine, an interesting concept in itself. Some people have great ideas and the energy and creativity to follow through with them!

    Cheers, Jacinta!

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  20. Art Partners Post author

    Hello again ‘canberrachely’! We love your comment, especially the bit about the ‘wonderful treasure to keep under my pillow.’ Big Kids Magazine, issue 7 will be making its way to you soonest. We look forward to hearing how much you love it!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Jill. Always great to hear from. You’ll be keen to know that Roslyn Burns has gotten her special project off to a start, and has already had two of her 16 sessions with professional artists. We look forward to collaborating with you on this in the near future.

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