Coming soon to Busselton!
Posted by Hiromi Tango
Hello! My name is Hiromi. I look forward to meeting you face-to-face soon in Busselton, to begin a community sculpture project themed around ‘sharing stories’ with you.
I was very excited to be invited to work with communities as part of FIVE, as the project aims to use arts engagement as a way not only to raise awareness of mental health and well-being in these communities, but also to reduce the social isolation that many people experience. As an artist, I have a strong and ongoing interest in the potential for arts engagement to support wellbeing through social and emotional development.
Over the past four years, I have worked with thousands of people in dozens of places, where community members have come together to learn new creative skills while they share stories and work together to create something new. Each of these projects has been distinct, reflecting the character and setting of each location. But as I have worked with people in diverse locations, the common thread has been the process of creating, and the impact of bringing people together through workshops.
This project is an opportunity to share a little bit of yourself and to enjoy connecting with others from your local community. FIVE will connect five different communities in Western Australia, comprised of Busselton, Derby, Esperance, Geraldton and Paraburdoo. Busselton's 'hero image' – the iconic image that serves as a starting point for your community sculpture – is the jetty. Using the colour blue, we will work together to create a sculpture that reflects Busselton’s unique character and speaks to the resilience and strength of the region.
I am going to bring my hand-stitched diaries and artist books, and I would like you to share the personal stories by writing or talking, or if you prefer just sharing through the art making process. Please drop in the ArtGeo Cultural Precinct, Busselton. The workshop starts 18th October (Friday) 11am – 4 pm. It is family and child-friendly. There are lots of colourful and playful art materials provided, so please drop in and write stories, add your drawings and build the sculpture.
Everyone is welcome!
See you soon, Hiromi.