Classes have now begun in the Art-Full Women project, which aims to raise awareness of issues impacting older women and promote theatre and creativity for healthy ageing.
Funded with a $35,000 grant from the Australia Council for the Arts, the project will comprise a series of free artistic workshops and performance classes culminating in a visual presentation at Peninsula Theatre in September.
The innovative series of free art and craft classes and theatre skill workshops for women of all skill levels from timid beginners to those with more experience is now underway.
“Art-Full Women celebrates and encourages all Central Coast women 55 years and over to come along and join the conversation,” Creative Producer, Brenda Logan, said.
“Classes have now commenced and the feedback from all participants has been overwhelmingly positive.
“Women from across the Central Coast have so far been able to participate in mixed media, life drawing and pottery workshops run by practising artists over the past two months.
“The results have been as interesting as the women who have joined a class and created their individual and unique works.
“We have seen some really terrific outcomes, from quirky pottery pieces to fascinating mixed media self portraits.”
Upcoming sessions will include weaving, doll making and ceramics with an evolving program of art and craft workshops to be offered before moving on to a series of theatre skill workshops.
“The Art-Full Women program offers a safe and stimulating environment for older women who would like to participate in a community of women who are curious about discovering and sharing their creative selves while meeting new people and learning new skills,” Logan said.
“There is a lot more to come before moving on the second exciting theatre and drama phase of the program, where participants will take a journey into a theatre production which draws on individual and collective experiences and issues faced by women both locally and in the broader community.”
Logan will lead women in helping create stories relevant to all women of today and especially older women living on the Central Coast.
“The program is free, fun and fulfilling,” Logan said.
“We would love to hear from any women who would just like some time to develop their own interests and explore their hidden artistic experimental side as well as those who may like to run a workshop.”
Find information at artfullwomen.com.au and check out the Art-Full Women Facebook and Instagram pages.
Media release, Apr 5