Our Month of May with ABC Open

Oh what a glorious month we’ve had with our friends from ABC Open, and Carensa Watts, a photographer we’ve been collaborating with for the past many months.

Opening Night of Photo + Story

The month got off to a exciting start on Friday, May 1 with the opening of the Photo + Story exhibition at the Bunbury Regional Art Galleries (BRAG).  There were approximately 130 people celebrating the exhibition of photographs, with Art Partners being one of many contributors.

ABC Open Producer Ruslan Kulski gave a rousing speech about the importance of us telling our stories.  He said “if we don’t tell our own stories, others will tell them for us.”  That must be the best possible reason to continue honing our storytelling skills!

Thanks to Sharon Kennedy from the ABC for most of these opening night photos.

Look and Feel of the Exhibition

Some images are displayed as prints, while others are presented digitally.

You may have seen some of these before, but here are the Art Partners photos that are (until June 2) part of the print exhibition.

Here is the selection of photos presented digitally by and about those involved in the Art Partners program.

One Late Addition

And, here is our final contribution to the ABC Open Unsung project that missed the deadline for the Photo + Story exhibition.  It’s a beautiful portrait of mentor Edy Rees – shot by Carensa Watts – with a gorgeous story available here.

Edy: Lovin' Us From Afar for ABC Open Unsung. Photo by Carensa Watts

Edy: Lovin’ Us From Afar for ABC Open Unsung. Photo by Carensa Watts

Three Fabulous Events

The month also included three events at BRAG for the general public.

Lines and Curves

First up was a ‘Lines and Curves’ photo shoot on Saturday, May 9.  Participants were divided into three groups and asked to shoot a live model, humans interacting with props, and outdoor themes reflecting lines and curves.  He’s a selection of photos by participants Carensa Watts, Ann Stephenson and Wanda Ariano.

Magic with Crystals

Saturday, May 16 was a crystal photography workshop led by Gary Cass.  He’s the Scientific Director (aka Crazy Scientist) of The Scientific Creativity Initiative.  After spending two hours with him, our best description of Gary is that he’s one third scientist, one third artist, and one third entertainer! He showed the group (including Stefania Cortellazzi and Wanda from Art Partners) how to create the most amazing crystal images:  we applied tiny amounts of chemical compounds to glass slides, dried the slides, and with the aid of polarized lenses, watched the crystals come to life through the lense of a microscope.

By securing his mobile phone to the microscope, Gary photographed and supported us to photograph our crystal formations.

Crystal photography rates as a must-try activity – with great potential for exhibiting our images – and we’ve invited Gary back for an August workshop.  In the meantime, how do you like our chicken and egg (or creature and egg, perhaps)?

Photographers Anonymous

Almost 50 people attended ‘Photographers Anonymous,’ the final event of the month at which 11 photographers gave short presentations of their work.  Among them were Carensa Watts who talked about her amazing portrait work, and Sam Everitt, who spoke about ‘Landscape from the Jetty’ and ‘Golf Greens,’ two photos he took for the ABC Open project Snapped: Australian Landscapes.

Golf Greens for ABC Open Snapped: Australian Landscapes. Photo by Sam Everitt

Golf Greens for ABC Open Snapped: Australian Landscapes. Photo by Sam Everitt

Our nearly month-long collaboration with ABC Open was made possible, in part, with funding from our Community Inclusion and Participation Grant from the Disability Services Commission.

We’re already looking ahead to next year’s event.  If you have a story to tell, maybe we can get together?  To borrow ABC Open’s slogan: “what’s your story?”

26 thoughts on “Our Month of May with ABC Open

  1. Carensa Watts

    Great blog Wanda! Has been a great month. And congratulations to Sam on his awesome presentation at the Photographers Anonymous event yesterday. Looking forward to future projects 🙂

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Carensa. It’s been great having you with us since that doodling workshop at Edith Cowan University last year. We have achieved so much since then! We too are looking forward to future projects!

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    2. Brian McCormack

      A great month Wanda, I enjoyed participating in the workshops and also helping out a little when I could. All the best for your future projects.

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      1. Art Partners Post author

        Thanks so much Brian. We enjoyed getting to know you and we look forward to seeing you at our next photography workshop on August 19.

  2. Brendan Kelly

    ART PARTNERS continues to do the City of Bunbury proud! Thank you for the contribution to our goal of making Bunbury the most accessible regional City in Australia by 2020.
    Deputy Mayor, City of Bunbury
    Councillor Brendan Kelly

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Brendan for your ongoing support. It was great that you were able to be with us at the opening of Photo + Story to help set the buoyant atmosphere that stayed with us throughout our May adventures with ABC Open.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Helen. And, thanks for agreeing to participate in the Unsung project, and for being with us at the opening night of Photo + Story.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Lyndendale Gallery! It’s always great to hear from you. We so appreciate your ongoing support and the fact that you’re on the lookout for ways to encourage us on our journey.

      Reply
  3. Adam Johnson

    Hi Wanda, another fantastic update. Art Partners is achieving true social inclusion for participants and taking people on a journey of personal accomplishment – that’s what I really like about it. I enjoyed reading the newspaper articles this month about Keon and Simon. Absolutely brilliant!

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Adam. Yes, the Keon and Simon collaboration was a special one and really built on what they achieved last year. Two wonderful opening nights this month: Photo + Story with ABC Open, and the Dardanup Art Spectacular which Keon from Collie was able to attend. Please keep in touch as the journey continues.

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  4. Ruslan

    It has been an amazing month and it couldn’t have happened without the help of you guys. Thanks to everyone who got involved.

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  5. Murray Cook

    Wanda and all at Art Partners are gorgeous and do magic work. The work they do, changes people’s lives and not everyone can say they do that every day. Proud of your outcomes.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Murray for your gorgeous words. We also appreciate that you were able to join us for the opening night of Photo + Story. Please stay in touch.

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  6. Louis Ariano

    Congratulations for the fabulous photographs and stories. The mentors, proteges and wider community members are all making a genuine contribution to changing peoples lives in very significant ways.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks Louis. Yes, it’s been a fabulous month for Art Partners connecting with the wider community through Photo + Story. The photos are really world class and do us proud. Please stay in touch.

      Reply
  7. Lindy Loo

    Fabulous blog as always. It is always a nice read to come back to when one has been away. Bunbury has many talents and it is nice to see these people acknowledged thanks to Art Partners.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Lindy Loo. We missed you while you were away. We hope you will be in town for some of our future activities. Thanks for checking in.

      Reply
  8. stephanie

    A fantastic blog and we loved attending the opening night. So good to see artists, subjects, mentors and the wider community coming together.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Great to hear from you Stephanie! It’s wonderful that you were able to join us for the opening of Photo + Story. Such a beautiful event. Thanks for your ongoing support and encouragement.

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  9. Kandy

    Congratulations AP, another fantastic blog with exciting stories. Loved the photo and story opening night. It was great to see the superb photos on display and a room filled with community supporters.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thank you Kandy. How lovely to have had you with us on the opening night. We’re already looking forward to next year, and eagerly await our next photographic assignments. Thanks for staying in touch.

      Reply
  10. Johanna

    I can’t tell you what an inspiration Art Partners is as an organisation and also Wanda’s inspiring input too. How lovely to see AP doing so well and bringing so many people and so many different stories together.

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    1. Art Partners Post author

      Thanks so much Johanna for checking out the post. It was a fabulous month, and ABC Open is such a terrific collaborator for us. We’re already looking forward to next year!

      Reply

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