Veterans, poets, artists and photographers sought

Art Studios Co-operative, based in Mann St Gosford, is currently seeking expressions of interest from poets and artists to participate in the 2016 Australian Spirit Project.

Australian Spirit is a commemorative community project honouring local returned service personnel through both written and visual arts. The Australian Spirit project does not glorify war but honours those who have served our country.

Anzac Day 2015 was the launch of the 2015 project that involved artists, poets and photographers from the Central Coast teaming up with local veterans to tell their story in a profoundly moving project titled Australian Spirit.

Twelve veterans volunteered to tell their stories which artists’ interpreted through portraitures, sculpture, poetry and photography, which were then displayed at RSLs and public places prior to, and on, ANZAC Day 2015.

A magazine (Australian Spirit) was published that captured these veterans’ stories as translated by these artists and poets. “Australian Spirit is a document that will become a timeless reference for generations to come,” Art Studio Co-operatives, Ms Leasha Craig said.

“Veterans, artists and poets are needed for this valuable project over the next three years. “If you are an artist, poet or veteran that wants your story told, then please visit the Art Studios Cooperative website.

“We want you to join in our success in commemorating our veterans on the Central Coast. “If you are a poet or an artist in any medium, get in touch, as applications will be finalised soon.

“We would also like to invite students in years 11 and 12 to apply to participate as poets, artists and photographers. “If you are a veteran and a member of the RSL please contact your sub-branch and express your interest or you can contact us directly by phone or email,” she said.

The Australian Spirit project was made possible thanks to Gosford Council’s 2015 Community Funding Program.

Media release,
Oct 21, 2015
Leasha Craig, Art Studios

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