Recently the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council sent 8 delegates to the Regional Arts Australia, Arts & Edges Summit in Kalgoorlie. The group made their way by car, towing Homespun panels and a giant shoe, and arrived late on the night of Wednesday 15th October with the intention of setting up the Homespun display the next morning. However, with a last minute change of plans the display could not be put together until Friday…which left a fine morning of sight-seeing and gallery visits before the Summit registrations opened at lunch time. From then on the weekend quickly disappeared into a Summit spectacular of local performances, panel discussions, workshops, key note speakers, more gallery visits and frantic networking with other regional arts groups…not to mention spreading the Homespun cheer from the tent finely located at the entrance to the Goldfields Art Centre.
Homespun was extremely well received by all the other delegates and locals alike, and the RRAC ran out of flowers by the last day; despite best efforts to whip up more. The tent also proved a blessing in the wild weather that came through on Saturday afternoon for those seeking shelter from the hail!
All the delegates enjoyed themselves and have come away with some fantastic ideas to chase up and contacts to confer with regarding striving for excellence in community arts and development; not to mention some new dance moves to add to the repertoire. Stay tuned for the release of KBVID, and look for all the RRAC shirts in the crowd!
The next RAA Conference will be held in Dubbo in October 2016. Follow #wheresreggirrhino or @artalndsDubbo to keep up with the news (four little Reggies came home to Ravey/Hopetoun so keep an eye out for them).
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Enjoy these snapshots of our hectic four days!