Richard Taylor with support worker Kerry Hardgrave.
Richard Taylor with support worker Kerry Hardgrave.

Project boosts local artists

GYMPIE’S Community Futures Project celebrated its first birthday on Tuesday.

The project is an inclusive art group for emerging artists who share a common interest in artistic expression, and who wish to develop their skills.

It caters for diversity and offers a welcoming, accessible environment for art students in the Gympie region.

Organiser Roxanne MacGregor said the project, which was auspiced by Cooloola Human Services Network (CHSN) and entirely self funded through tuition fees and fundraising efforts, enhanced the development of local artists and benefited the local community through the encouragement, realisation and exhibition of local talent.

The project’s classes have been popular, with a wide variety of artistic pursuits enjoyed by students.

Work has been exhibited in the Disability Action Week Art Exhibition in 2009, and students are busy planning their contributions towards the 2010 Disability Action Week Art Exhibition entitled ‘Together We Can in 2010’, to be held at the Gympie Regional Gallery next month.

A song was written with lyrics provided by the students and performed by local musician Di Cross, and students have also participated in clay tile making for the All Abilities Playground being developed at Lake Alfred, with the help of project co-ordinator Stephanie Outridge-Field.

For further information on the Community Futures Project contact Roxanne MacGregor on 5482 8039.

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