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Aboriginal emerging artists exhibit at TAFE gallery

Students from Central Regional TAFE’s (CRTAFE) first Arts Leadership Program at the Geraldton Campus will be exhibiting their work at the TAFE’s art gallery this week to celebrate their graduation.

The 15 week program, a partnership between CRTAFE and Yamaji Art, will see seven female emerging artists graduate with a Certificate I in Leadership as well as specialised experience in ceramics and textiles, and training in exhibition procedures.

Aimed at developing the next generation of arts and cultural leaders, the program also assisted the artists with producing work to exhibit at the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair in August, Australia’s premier Aboriginal-focused art event.
Throughout the program students produced a collection of functional porcelain, jewellery, hand-printed cushions, silk scarves, tablecloths and tea towels.

CRTAFE Visual Arts Lecturer Peta Riley said the students have shown dedication and commitment to completing the course and have produced some outstanding work.

“Students have learnt more about the elements of working in the arts including understanding gallery procedures, cost structures for a sustainable art practice and digital design development” Ms Riley said.

“The program has given them the foundational skills and knowledge needed to develop their ability to produce their own work to a professional standard” she said.

“CRTAFE is so proud to partner with Yamaji Art in building strong future leaders for the arts industry. The students have all been very focussed throughout and we are excited for what the future holds for them” she said.

Yamaji Art Gallery Manager Roni Jones said TAFE along with the art centre was the ideal place for the emerging artists to learn about leadership in the context of arts training.

“The program at CRTAFE has really helped in their personal and professional development by giving them more confidence in themselves as practicing artists” Ms Jones said.

“It’s great that TAFE provide the flexibility in developing and structuring the course in ways that suits the needs of the students. It really helps ensure they stay excited and committed to completion” she said.

She said it was possible for Yamaji Art to provide this opportunity to their emerging artists through the support of Country Arts WA – Regional Arts Partnership Program, a state-wide initiative for regional Aboriginal Art Centres.

“Having a staff member complete the course with the students ensures a good continuation of putting what they have learnt into practice and will help us with other development opportunities” she said.

The program has already encouraged the students to continue their learning, with the group now looking at developing a cultural fashion line in the future.

The student exhibition will be on display at CRTAFE’s Geraldton Campus Art Gallery from the 1 to 5 July, with an official opening and presentation taking place on Thursday 4 July at 10.30am. All are welcome to attend.

More information is available by contacting CRTAFE’s Art Department on 1800 672 700.


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