Tasmanian arts projects to shine in Fremantle in November

Tasmanian Regional Arts
15.11.12 12:40 pm

Billy project

Three community arts projects from across Tasmania have been given the opportunity to contribute to the creative program of the National Arts and Health Conference in Fremantle, thanks to the cooperation of arts organisations in Tasmania and Western Australia.

Tasmanian Regional Arts and Disability in the Arts/Disadvantage in the Arts Australia (DADAA) have combined to support a range of films, installations, workshops and exhibitions that showcase the wonderful work of Tasmanian community artists working in the arts and health field.

All three projects represent the recent work of Tasmanian artists and their collaboration with a range of health care practitioners and community members whose involvement has created these three powerful projects.

The Dying to Tell Installation project was developed as part of The Dance Project’s southern component, entitled Family. The installation of a series of talking beds tells with sensitivity the stories of people confronting their own mortality, along with those stories of family members and carers working in palliative care.

Access Arts Link from Launceston’s Access for Me exhibition comprises a digital display of over 70 works from artists with a range of disabilities. Access for Me is supported through Interweave Arts Inc.

The third project celebrates life and ageing through Penguin-based Creature Tales who will be showing the Carnival of the Here and Now film while showcasing their Billy project – a celebration of the almost forgotten art of the billycart. Creature Tales engages artists to work with senior citizen centres in new and exciting ways, providing a wonderful collaboration between artists and seniors.

Tasmanian Regional Arts Director Paul Jenkins was delighted that both TRA and DADAA were able to collaborate to support these projects to travel to Fremantle.

“Tasmania is home to some truly inspirational community arts projects that revolve around the field of arts and health. These three projects from across Tasmania celebrate the importance of the arts and cultural development sector‘s contribution to broader health and wellbeing outcomes,” Mr Jenkins said.

The fourth annual conference titled The Art of Good Health and Wellbeing is on in Fremantle from 26 -29 November.

“Each of these projects is unique to the communities whose stories have been told. It is through the use of the arts that such powerful messages can be sent with great sensitivity,” Mr Jenkins added.

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