Sunday, June 18, 2017

Mission Impossible (If it wasn't for super-artists!!)

A workshop with Lizzy Robinson

Project: Hard Pressed WA's print artist Lizzy Robinson touring WA to create a network of print works from all over the state.
Mission: Collect designs from local Hopetoun & Ravensthorpe artists to be incorporated into a community wood cut that once printed, will be exhibited around the state.
Workshop: One-day wood cutting workshop held by a super artist for super artists.
Time line: Pull together the whole collaborative design in one morning, teach the wood cutting technique, and get a good start on completing the wood cutting mission.
Dangers: Beware the villain "cutting tools".

With a mission outline, that wasn't too top secret, super-artists from both Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun gathered at Windspray Arts headquarters. Serious representations were discussed, designs were shuffled and executive decisions were made. In hindsight, it was a little experimental to fill a room full of super-artists with a handful of sharp tools, under pressure to complete their mission.

All in good fun, and all in the name of art and community, the piece came together cut by cut. The collaborative piece was to become moving showcase of where the Ravensthorpe bush meets the sea of Hopetoun.

With more grueling wood cutting sessions at Windspray HQ, the 1200 x 900 piece was finished with unimaginable care by some very dedicated executive operatives. After almost 3 weeks of collaborative work it is clear that one must never abort an artistic mission. Nothing is impossible with the right attitude (and some sharp weapons).

The wood cut will now be heavily escorted to Geraldton to prepare for the next stage in this elaborate operation. Printing will be executed via an industrial roller on the Geraldton foreshore in September 2017.  RRAC will be deploying their espionage tactics to report, so stay tuned to this blog and the RRAC facebook page.

A special mention goes to First Quantum Minerals Ravensthorpe Nickel operations for providing Lizzy's accommodation.

Thank you to Windspray Arts, Maitland Street Hopetoun, for partnering with Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and hosting this event.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hard Pressed in Hopetoun

Do you live in the Ravensthorpe Shire? Do you want to be part of a community art project destined to tour across WA?
We are asking local artists to contribute a design to the project;

  • Twelve (30cm x 30cm) designs reflecting the Ravensthorpe/Hopetoun Community or Area are required before 29th May, for the “Hard Pressed Community Wood Block Project”.
  • The designs can have any Hopetoun Ravensthorpe related content, but would be best presented drawn in thick black ‘Artline Texta’ on white paper. The designs will be carved out in flat ply wood.
  • The designs that we receive will be incorporated into a community piece 1200 x 900cm and carved on the 29th May at Windspray Art Space, Hopetoun.
  • Your design may be used in whole or part, or resized to be incorporated into the final whole community print piece.
  • Even if you cannot attend the wood block carving workshop, you can submit a design to be incorporated.
  • No entry fee is required to submit your design.

This is a very exciting project and an excellent opportunity to showcase the Hopetoun Ravensthorpe region and its artists.

For more information or to register your interest contact Kirsty Duffy or 0438945405.

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Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Small Voices Louder

What does the World need to Hear?

From the mouths of babes we have all heard innocence, raw opinion, honesty, and the importance of that very moment right now in time. Children teach adults many things, but life is busy these days, are we really listening to them?
The Small Voices Louder project by Alex Desebrock and Maybe_Together in partnership with Performing Lines, offers the opportunity for grown ups to stop and listen. Because sometimes Children's voices are exactly what the world need to hear.
Small Voices Louder is a two part project. Firstly, in partnership with Hopetoun Primary School and Ravensthorpe District High School, children were invited on an excursion to the Hopetoun Hall. The Hall was filled with an installation of tents which individually contained a micro-world of sorts - an alien, a cloud, a fish, a crystal, a beating heart, a portal, the world and an egg. Each tent also presented a question, and the children's answers were audibly recorded. These recordings will be weaved into sound works.

Part two of the Small Voices Louder project will be a "sound experience" where the soundtracks will be broadcast to adult ears. This part of the project will be moving into production phase shortly. We absolutely cannot wait to hear the sound tracks, and we can't wait to share them so keep your ears to the ground! Stay tuned to our Facebook page for updates.

A special thank you goes to Lotterywest for funding the school bus which brought the children in from Ravensthorpe DHS to the Hopetoun Community Centre. Also much thanks to First Quantum Minerals Ravensthorpe Nickel Operations for their ongoing support with supplying accommodation for our artists.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

The Corker Hopetoun Bush Dance

A partnership with Hopetoun Primary School P & C.

When you’re a bushwhacker and you’ve been one for a while, you know how important it is to get together with your mates and have a good honest yarn. What's better than a yarn? A good old fashioned toe tapping spoon whacking bush dance.

The bush bash began with a song written and conducted by the lovely Richenda Goldfinch, performed by the Hopetoun Primary School kids. The kids musical instruments were home made with recycled materials by a cobber that goes by the name Bruce Alford. The kids put in some hard yakka practicing for their debut. No bull dust, it sounded like the kids had walked strait off the stage at the Sydney Opera House. Mag. Nificent. Proud as punch they were.

A WA favorite, The Mucky Duck Bush Band, cranked out colonial style Australian dance music and the young'uns had another change to wow the crowd with their practiced dance moves. School lunchtime dance workshops had payed off, and the band encouraged all to join in instead of just sitting around having a gander! The festivity was well received.

You may remember Deb "Spoons" Perry from Australia's Got Talent a few years back? After a "spoons" workshop at the Hopetoun Primary School, the kids were geared up to play along with the famous Deb "Spoons" Perry and they had a ball. Deb also performed an open slather-spooned crowd pleaser to a spoon chaperoned compilation of "Black Betty" and "These Boots are made for Walking". An absolute rip-snorter. 

All sorts scrubbed up for the occasion. Cockys, Codgers, Sheilas, Larrikins, Grommets, and Greenies, it was on for young and young at heart.

Some good tucker was on offer, Roast Beef and Gravy Rolls, Stuffed Spuds and a Snagger Sizzle all thanks to the Hopetoun P&C. And last but not least, yummy sweets from the Pavlova Bake Off! The 'big kids' enjoyed a couple of tinnies at the bar too.

By jingoes you won't find a better mob from Cooee to Timbertown, and I'm not pullin' your leg. The Sheilas (and Blokes) from Hopetoun P&C along with the many other volunteers that pulled the night together did a ripper of a job. The town will be gas bagging about it for yonks.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council reckon the Hopetoun Bush Dance was grouse, and are tickled pink to have been the major sponsor. Fair dinkum.

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Doing an Acrobatic Happy Dance

With Hopetoun Dance Group

We like dance in the Shire of Ravensthorpe, we really really do. We have a great history of making artistic things happen in our tiny shire, and with a population of 2500 spread over 4 townships, sometimes making things happen can take a bit of coordination and a whole lot of passion.
The Hopetoun Dance group was born an idea between two Mums with a passion for health and vitality. It began in 2014 with a highly successful 'dance taster workshop' and 4 years later the program enrolls an average of 40 children per school term who partake in weekly dance classes. Supported by Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, the weekly dance classes have provided a creative after school activity that children residing in remote communities often miss out on. Further more the ongoing nature of the program creates a meeting hub for like minded parents.

In a recent bonus opportunity, children were invited to take part in an Acrobatic & Circus Workshop in March 2017. Additional to the weekly dance classes which currently covers Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary Dance, 50 students between the ages of 4 and 12 partook in learning new acrobatic skills and tricks in a safe engaging environment amongst their peers. Partnering with Southern Edge Arts in Albany for this workshop has enabled local children to continue their passion in 'acro' whilst that particular component of dance is currently unavailable in the weekly classes.

During the Acro workshops the children learnt a variety of skills including ker-flops, bouncy leggers, roly polys, and upside downies, obviously not the technical terms. On a more serious note, the focus of circus and acrobatics is to encourage strength and confidence in many areas including team skills and trust. Workshop opportunities like these spark imagination in young people, invoke emotional health and well being in the community and excellence and creativity in all forms.

For more information on Hopetoun Dance Groups classes email Beck & Kristin at or check out their dedicated Facebook page "Hopetoun Dance Group".

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


A Taste of Bondi in Hopetoun

Each year Flickerfest screens for 10 days at Bondi Beach in January, with selected highlights then touring Australia. For the very first time, thanks to Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council, the tour landed at the Hopetoun Community Centre on Saturday 18th March.
A gathering of about 80 got comfy with blankets and beanbags, accompanied by BYO cuisine which ranged from gourmet platters to bags of chips. Anticipation was high as the crowd wondered what they were in for. What the heck was a Flickerfest anyhoo?
Opening with a heart-warming and very Australian short film called “Welcome to Country” it was soon apparent that the films were very well put together, and worth the effort of pulling out the very heavy Hopetoun Community Centre tables.

Whilst watching the films, you had to remind yourself they were a product of a competition with tight scrutineering, made by cutting edge leading film makers. They were not your average episode of Home and Away. Some were touching, some were absurd and others, particularly “the psychiatrist one” namely The Eleven O’clock were very clever indeed.

As audience members, we walked (and trespassed) through breath taking landscapes, we pondered our environmental footprint, we tasted authentic dishes and what could have been, we found out that rotating your mattress is an important part of adulthood and we were even lead to ponder our evolution – and the demise of it.
A nice cosy night out with laughter, applause and puzzled facial expressions which exacerbated the laughter. We look forward to the next Flickerfest, the question…. Where in the Ravensthorpe Shire will it pop up in 2018?

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest.
Ravensthorpe Bus Run Supported by Lotterywest Funding

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Flickerfest Programme

Hopetoun Flickerfest 7pm Saturday 18th March 2017

Hopetoun Community Centre

Welcome to Country
When a hotshot public servant is sent to a remote Aboriginal community to prepare for the Prime Minister’s visit, he quickly learns the true meaning of Welcome to Country.
Director: Dean Gibson
Writer: Dean Gibson
Producer: Helen Morrison
Runtime: 10 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling
Connor, secretly in love with his best friend Rach, has gotten her an amazing birthday present, something that’s sure to knock her off her feet. But, when things take a sharply peculiar turn, Connor begins to wonder whether he would have been better off just getting a gift voucher.
Director: Matt Vesely
Writer: Matt Vesely
Producer: Sophie Hyde, Christine Williams
Runtime: 10 min
Year: 2015
Country: Australia

I'm Raymond
8 year old global warming alarmist Raymond Banks brings civil action against his parents, claiming loss of future income due to the worlds impending total demise.
Director: Eddy Bell
Writer: Eddy Bell
Producer: Lib Kelly, Catherine Williams
Runtime: 17 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

In a playful collision of cultures, a hapless Irishman and his Parisian girlfriend get more than they bargained for when they encounter a particularly mischievous stranger in the spectacular Australian wilderness.
Director: Damian Walshe-Howling
Writer: Damian Walshe-Howling
Producer: Joey Horvitz, Rohan Timlock
Runtime: 17 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

Interval : 10 Mins

James, a successful banker, urgently needs to get to the pharmacy by midnight. Unfortunately it’s 11:30pm and the only person who can drive him is his weird neighbour Steve.
Director: Luke Tierney
Writer: Luke Tierney, Henry Nixon
Producer: Luke Tierney, Michelle Hardy
Runtime: 13 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

Spice Sisters
Rohini, a former Bollywood actress, is bored and restless with her life. When a popular reality cooking competition issues a call for entries, Rohini decides it’s now or never to make a change.
Director: Sheila Jayadev
Writer: Sheila Jayadev
Producer: Lyn Norfor
Runtime: 15 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

A woman walking her dog alone in the bush has a strange encounter.
Director: Mirrah Foulkes
Writer: Mirrah Foulkes
Producer: Alex White
Runtime: 11 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

The Eleven O'clock
The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other the session gets increasingly out of control.
Director: Derin Seale
Writer: Josh Lawson
Producer: Derin Seale, Karen Bryson, Josh Lawson
Runtime: 13 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

Fish with Legs
A school of fish wakes to discover that everyone has grown legs. Is it evolution or a curse from God?
Director: Dave Carter
Writer: Nikos Andronicos
Producer: Nikos Andronicos, Tania Frampton
Runtime: 10 min
Year: 2016
Country: Australia

Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council receives core funding from Country Arts WA, which receives funding from the State Government through the Department of Culture and the Arts and Lotterywest. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council is also supported by the Department of Regional Development and Royalties for Regions.