This month, we’d like to share some of our recent adventures brought to life by Carensa Werder’s portrait photographs.
Many Good Friends
There are many people and organisations that join forces to make Art Partners a reality. In 2014, our records show that we benefitted from the participation of 16 mentors, 34 volunteers and workshop participants, and 14 tutors who led classes and activities. In addition, there were 8 sponsors and 30 financial donors. We’re grateful to each and every one of them. Without the efforts of this entire team – and many others – Art Partners would definitely not have the same look and feel.
We’ve been working closely with Ruslan Kulski, the ABC Open Producer for the South West, to bring some of the stories of our long-standing volunteers and team members to life through portrait photographs and stories for the Unsung project. Mike and Helen are but two of our unsung heroes.
Heroism by Number: 158 Works and Counting
Mike Waldin and his team of Lois (wife and business partner) and Franca (loyal and long-standing staff member), have been supporting us with framing our work at Southern Picture Framers since Art Partners began in 2011. In 2014 alone, a total of 58 works were framed and mounted. Find out how our partnership with them began and what happens on Saturday mornings – our special day – at Southern Picture Framers.
Coming Up: Helen Seiver
Helen Seiver is the Consulting Artist for Art Partners. She has been supporting us since the planning of Art Partners began before the launch of the pilot project in 2011. Her role is a complex one: to guide us on our artistic journey. Watch the ABC Open website for Helen’s inclusion in Unsung.
Portraits: I am 18
Another ABC Open project, Portraits: I am 18, has enabled us to get out and about in the community and tell the stories of 18 year olds. Last month, we introduced you to Beautiful Teagan and Justin’s Connection. We’d now like you to meet three other energetic and intriguing 18 year olds.
Kris leads an active life that involves the good friends he met at school, bowling, and his love of the Dockers footy team. Enjoy the story behind Kris’ portrait photo right here.
Callum’s Expanding World
Callum’s eighteenth year brought some tantalizing possibilities to the fore. Find out what those are, and hear about his many reptilian and feathered friends.
Michael: A Real Boy
Michael’s a typical boy who likes loud music, plenty of food and splashing around in the pool. Discover more about Michael and the composition of his gorgeous portrait photograph.
ABC Open asked us to reflect on our participation in Portraits: I am 18. You can read the guest post right here.
A Doodling Give-Away
At the end of last year, and to celebrate Disability Awareness Week, we hosted December Doodles in collaboration with the South West Women’s Health and Information Centre. The workshop was funded by a grant from the Disability Services Commission. A total of 21 participants enjoyed this inspiring workshop led by Art Partners mentor Amanda Doust.
Photographer Carensa was with us, and captured the spirit of the workshop with a series of informal portrait photographs.
The benefits of doodling are clear: it’s relaxing and a great and inexpensive way to enjoy a creative outlet. We can highly recommend it!
For those who comment on this post, we’re proposing a speedy route to getting colourfully creative: a copy of Mandy’s Organic Colouring Book, edition 5 by Amanda Doust.
Just select ‘replies’ immediately under the title of the article, and let us know you’ve been here. There will be a random draw on March 15 for the prize with local and international participants welcome. A little doodling on your keyboard might have you doodling in colour in no time!