Out with the old....pictured from left Vicki Fenton, Judith Rochecouste, Jane Bear and Irene Pagram.
Even though the doors of our Makers’ Space were closed because of COVID-19 our committee continued working behind the scenes on its plans to fund its fit out
The committee were very excited to receive more than $7000 in combined funding from the Stronger Communities – Wannon volunteer grants, and the Colac Otway Shire’s community funding grants to furnish the art space which will include adjustable worktables and stools.
When we opened in 2019 we used donated furniture which was great to get us started, but with the funding we can now furnish the space with standing height work tables and adjustable stools, easily managed trestles, stackable chairs and art storage. This will allow us to expand the range of artistic activities offered. She said having the appropriate equipment would help to attract more members as well as providing a more suitable set up for artists and professionals to conduct workshops.
The space brings artists previously working alone at home, together. At the Makers’ Space artists are collaborating on projects and sharing ideas, art students are using the space, and since opening 2019 our events have attracted 1,184 visitors, workshop participants and general artists and makers.
This venue has great community potential and we’re grateful for the local and federal government grants that will help to us realise our plans.
Social media and a timely funding boost will help Colac’s art organisation maintain momentum engaging its members despite dealing with the challenges of a pandemic lockdown.
The Colac Makers’ Space committee will receive $9000 in funding which they will use in part for a community art project combining online and hands-on learning.
The Victorian Government Sustaining Creative Workers grant through Regional Arts Victoria will also go towards buying studio equipment and art materials for the space.
The committee responded to a unique COVID-19 funding opportunity to bring forward its long-term plan to buy a printing press and printmaking materials to keep their members actively engaged and connected during lockdown. The purchase also addresses a top learning priority identified in a survey of group’s members.
Print maker and Makers’ Space committee member Jenny Grenfell said we were keen to maintain the arts activity momentum happening at the space prior to the COVID-19 lockdown.
She said they planned to distribute printmaking kits including tools and materials to group members during social distancing, so they can experiment and develop their skills.
“We’ll also be recommending online resources and demonstrating linocut, drypoint etching, collagraphs, monotype and intaglio techniques. Printing plates will be prepared at home, or at the Makers’ Space in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions, and with works in progress shared online for social connection, problem solving and feedback.
“We’ll be ready to print editions and exhibit our artwork when we’re able to return to the community arts space. We’ll also have the new printing press and equipment for future community art projects,” she said.
Colac Makers' Space Inc. aims to engage and encourage the community to participate in the arts through demonstrations, exhibitions, special events and classes and workshops