RRAC had a very busy and successful year. For
sustainable livability in the region we worked behind the scenes to
network intra-regionally, to bring awareness to our region, to widen funding
opportunities, and to bring more artistic opportunities to our community. In 2017 RRAC continued to employ 2 part-time people. RRAC’s
2017 touring shows and events attracted 858 audience members. RRAC held 17
various workshops to support the artistic growth of 154 adults and 439
children. Over 1800 individuals participated in RRAC’s 2017 artistic calendar
of events supported by over 800 volunteer hours.
Arts Summit Manduarah: Fay, Ainsley, Dianne & Kirsty
Additional to the above statistics, the recent RRAC Dance project
saw over 300 children participate in a project designed to allow all children
access to dance lessons. This project saw RRAC branching across into Munglinup,
Lake King and Jerramungup. By including these communities in the Dance project,
we were able to advocate for an amazing opportunity in the Shire of
artistic journey began with Outer Fringe at the Hopetoun Community Centre,
where we ALL received an unexpected surprise towards the end of the show! Also
in January RRAC supported Windspray Arts and Hopetoun Progress Association to
deliver artistic connection in Hopetoun.
Artists Talk with Gustav Hellberg
brought Gustav Hellberg, our Nordic Artist into Hopetoun for a four-week
residency. Despite being ‘marooned’ for a few days, as we all were, Gustav very
much enjoyed meeting the community and is looking forward to his next residency
beginning in February 2018. We believe he is particularly looking forward to
‘Chasing the Ace’. The floods did not stop RRAC from hosting the Brazilian
Bossa Nova Baby concert in Ravensthorpe either! The food was floated in, and
the drummer arrived from Perth (via Albany!!) but the night provided an outlet
for connection during a devastating time.
Bossa Nova Baby - Ravensthorpe Hall
Moving into March, RRAC brought
the first ever Flickerfest to Hopetoun. Flickerfest was well received so you
can expect to see another pop-up cinema event (or maybe two) in 2018! March
also set the stage for RRAC’s involvement in the Hopetoun Bush Dance as major
sponsor. Featuring the Mucky Duck Bush Band and budding professional student
singers and musicians, the night was an absolute success and a credit to the
Hopetoun Primary P&C Association.
May, a hatful of eager artists gathered at Windspray Arts for the Hard-Pressed
wood carving workshop. The work went on to showcase “Elements of the
Ravensthorpe Shire”, exhibiting in Geraldton, Esperance and Fremantle.
off touring shows in August, RRAC brought “Barbara & Barry’s Sweet Sour and
Saucy” to the very well suited Jerdacuttup Hall. The overwhelmingly funny and
interactive show will be a hard act to follow!
Barbara & Barry's Sweet Sour and Saucy - Jerdacuttup Hall
value-added to the Ravensthorpe Wildflowers Shows’ magnificent splendour by
offering artistic community members the opportunity to mix with legendary florist
Matthew Landers. Mannequins donned floral wearable art and hand-made
large-scale wildflower chandeliers were produced for the occasion. It sure was
a spectacular sight. Let’s not forget the cultural walk on the unique
Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Railway Heritage Trail with the lovely Sabrina Hahn.
the months passed throughout 2017, some of RRAC’s tireless memberswere working on a project that would soon deliver the
opportunity of dance to over 300 children. As part of an intra-regional
collaboration every student in Hopetoun, Ravensthorpe, Munglinup, Jerdacuttup,
Lake King and Jerramungup were part of a pilot project beginning in October
2017. 4 weeks, 6 schools, one internationally recognised Dance Artist. The
dance program is set to kick off again with the return of the 2018 school year
and RRAC is offering an after-school extension class program for
super-keen dancers wishing to extend skills. Ravensthorpe Regional Arts
Councils $140,000 1.5-year intra-regional project commencing February 2018 is
part of a $400,000 Regional Arts Partnership Program for Contemporary Dance and
Performance supported by the State Government of WA and Country Arts WA.
One "Tiny Dancer"
Of course, much of the
above-mentioned cannot happen without willing volunteers, dedicated artists,
supportive community members and the Shire of Ravensthorpe. RRAC is passionate
about delivering connection through the arts for enhanced livability in our very
We are already enthusiastically anticipating the program of events already
scheduled for 2018.