A unique COVID-19 funding opportunity from Victorian Government’s Sustaining Creative Workers grant through Regional Arts Victoria allows the Colac Makers’ Space to bring forward our long-term plan to purchase a printing press and printmaking materials.
Consequently, we are very excited to invite you to come and collect your Printing Kit to take home and . experiment in manual printing processes from the Makers' Space between mid-day and 3pm on Friday 18 September.
The Colac Makers’ Space are asking the children and youth of the Colac Otway Shire to create a 2D or 3D work to make SWEET art.
The work of art should reference ‘sweet’ in some way, it will lift spirits, spread joy and hope and to support the community during the pandemic period because it lifts your spirits to create something sweet. The art can be made using any media.
We encourage children to talk to their family members about how they feel and also investigate the different meanings of the word sweet. What sweet things do they look forward to? What is a symbol of sweet? How do sweet things lift their spirit? And then, create an art piece that shares a message of hope, or communicates the message of what they discovered.
For Parents or Guardians, we will be accepting photos of children’s art from now until the 20 October 2020. You can submit as many photos as you like. Photos of the artwork must be of good quality. This YouTube video here has instructions on how to take a good photograph with your smart phone .
If you are a Facebook user, please join our group Sweet Youth Art and post your photos on our group page with the #sweetcolacotwayshire and #sweetart hashtags.
Otherwise send photos of artworks along with the age and first name of the artist to firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Otway Youth are running FREE school holiday activities over the next 2 weeks! Follow the link or go to https://linktr.ee/ColacOtwayYouth to get involved.
Have a go at Felting, Eco-dying or just go along to their Youth Arts Group to work on a new or existing piece of artwork.
Check out their Youth Drop In on Fridays or go along to their LGBTQIA+ Group to meet like minded young people. Whatever you decide, all activities will be held in covid safe spaces, have restricted numbers and all precautions will be put in place to ensure the safety of participants. Places are booking up fast so make sure you sign up today so you don't miss out.
Contact Scarlet on 0417535134 for more details
We are so very happy to let you know that due to the recent easing of COVID-19 social restrictions, the Colac Makers’ Space will open for members and invited guests on Monday 1 June 2020.
It will be so lovely to see your smiling faces in the space after our Great Pause. The plan is to keep to the timetable that was in place before the restrictions. But because of social distancing regulations it may mean, to prevent overcrowding, your groups have to split into more than one session. If this is the case please email: email@example.com to book more time.
The Makers’ Space will have hand sanitiser at the door and paper towels and methylated spirits for cleaning on hand. The kitchen, benches, tables and bathroom will be sanitized daily
Other than that, maintain safe distances and if you feel unwell, please stay home and take care of yourself, and we’ll see you again as soon as it’s safe to do so. As the government flyers say, ‘please use common sense in your activities – it’s up to all of us to make this work.’
Same Space, Same Place, New Name
They say time flies when you are having fun! It is hard to believe that it is already 10 months since our first Dreaming Session at the senior citizens in February 2019. We have achieved so much in that time. So much so that with the continued support of Creative Otways Inc we found ourselves in the position to be able to create our own organisation. At our special meeting on 16th December our members voted in favour of us becoming an incorporated organisation. We are now known as Colac Makers’ Space Incorporated.
We thought it may take a while to apply and obtain approval but because we have been running a fairly tight ship the whole process only took about 20 minutes.
All this is administration and not much fun but it does mean that now we can apply for funding in our own name, support our members in obtaining grants for their special projects, have our own bank account, own our materials and equipment, and sign our own leases, carry our own insurance and even, in the future, purchase our own property!
We will soon be members of Regional Arts Victoria and will benefit directly from all that organisation has to offer.
…anyway…now on to the fun stuff……
Members Social Event – THIS FRIDAY !
And the first fun activity is the reintroduction of our social evening. We held them regularly when we were in the Guide Hall and just beginning but somehow in the move to the Makers’ Space these were forgotten.
So this Friday 10 January, 5.30pm to 7pm and every second Friday of the month thereafter join us and other members for a catch-up to talk art, plan trips to galleries, share ideas for a new work. Stay for 10 minutes or a couple of hours.
If you have a something you want to share with the group, let us know and we will give you the floor for 10 minutes, longer if you make us laugh !
We will serve nibbles, tea and coffee. BYO beverages and restricted diet nibbles if required. Members Free, non-members gold coin donation.
Oscar Wilde famously said life was too important to be taken seriously; while John Lennon believed that life was what happened when you were busy making other plans.
Whichever way you view 'Life', it provides a rich canvas for fibre and textile artists to interpret as the theme for CrossXpollinatioN 2020.
The 'Life' theme has been inspired by next year’s feature artist Andrew John Delaney, whose work will span life, death and the things that exist between.
It's time to get inspired! Exact dates are still being finalised for this year exhibition, artists should plan on having their pieces ready to photograph by late April/early May; in preparation for a June/July exhibition.
TAKE YOUR PARTNERS
Do you have great memories of COPACC's Civic Hall? Maybe you gave the performance of your life in there, or met your soul mate at a dance?
The Colac Civic Hall turns 60 in March 2020, and we need your help to collect photos, stories and other memorabilia of its fabulous history.
We know there will be great pics out there of school balls, Battle of the Bands, Colac Players shows - you name it!
Jump on the COPACC website to find out how you can share your best memories of the Civic Hall with us as part of the 'Take Your Partners' project - http://www.copacc.com.au/Exhibitions/Take-Your-Partners
The memorabilia will be curated by the Colac Makers’ Space, Colac History Centre and Family History Centre volunteers and assembled into a ‘Take your Partners’ exhibition to go on display in the COPACC foyer in March 2020, which coincides with the Civic Hall’s official opening in 1960.
During January and February we will be running workshops to create artworks for the Take You Partners exhibition. Details follow below.
Talks are in progress with CC, a Hong Kong artist, who is planning to visit the Makers’ Space during February to share her expertise with the Monday Contemporary Art and Printmaking group. We are still very much in the planning stage and more details will follow.
The workshop will be followed later in the day with a talk about the situation in Hong Kong artist’s response to the protests.
Spaces to the workshop are limited to the Monday group initially, followed by members only. Register your interest for the workshop or talk by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
DRAWING WORKSHOPS with Judith Rochecouste
Given the success of our Drawing Tasters in December, the Makers’ Space will continue with monthly Drawing Workshop during 2020 on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am - 1pm beginning February 16th 2020. (Unless it’s some sort of celebration, like Easter).
As previously, all skill levels are welcome. $30 per session (members and concession) $55 non-members
Bookings can be made on the booking email email@example.com , but "drop in and draw" also encouraged.
TAKE YOUR PARTNERS WORKSHOPS
March 2020 marks the 60th anniversary of the opening of the Colac Civic Hall and the Colac Makers Space is helping to celebrate the occasion. The Take Your Partners Exhibition is exhibition of small works, 15cm square, on the theme of the Colac Civic Hall.
We invite the community to come join in a workshop – painting, drawing, stitching, mixed media, or collage and create a small work for the exhibition. Each workshop will be run by 2 experienced artists and are open to all skill levels, ages 5 to 105.
Workshops will be run over 5 weekends from 18 January to 16 February, at 10am and 12 pm or 2pm and 4pm.
Sessions will run for 90 minutes and children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Spaces are limited to 10 people.
Workshops are free but bookings are essential. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating date and time of session.
CHEMICAL FREE ETCHING with Deb Bailie.
3 February 2020 (to be confirmed)
Create a series of example prints using salt and negative and positive power connections. Spaces are limited. Email email@example.com for details.
BEGINNERS FELTING with Jane Bear
One Tuesday in February 2020 (to be confirmed)
10am – 3pm. All materials supplied $30, BYO lunch.
YOUTH ART with Lynne Richardson
Tuesday 21 January
MONDAY - Contemporary art and Printmaking
11am - 3 pm., clean up 3pm until 4pm.
Eco -dying on paper,on the first Monday of each month.'
Monoprinting. – dates to be advised
When nothing is organized, bring your own work and enjoy the company of fellow artists.
TUESDAY - Members Day.
Members are welcome to use the space for your own art project.
WEDNESDAY - Community Day :
10am – 12pm Community Makers Project
Join Sue, Irene and Jane in the community Makers’ project. Run as an open session for the community, we never know what we will be making, who will turn up. What we do know is that we have fun, learn heaps. Non-Members: Gold Coin donation.
1pm – 3pm UFOs
We all have a secret stash of unfinished creations. Either we have fallen out of love, just never finish stuff or just have not had the time to finish that last 10%. Either way bring it along and join the large table of collective non-finishers.
3pm – 6pm
Youth Art with Lynne Richardson
THURSDAY - Fine Fibres
10am – 3pm
Join Marlene and Sue for fun with fibres. Share your skills or interest in spinning, weaving, felting.
FRIDAY- Members Day:
10am – 3pm
Members are welcome to use the space for your own art project.
The Second Friday of the Month
4pm - 5pm
5.30pm – 7pm
Members’ social evening
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