What Is The Community Arts Project?
Each year since 1989 the Majura Women’s Group has created a Community Arts Project which has been donated for public display. For many of these years it was called the “Backyard Project”. Majura Women’s Group sessions are divided throughout the year between 1-off sessions (such as dance, yoga, gardening etc) and sessions dedicated to our yearly Community Arts Project, or CAP. Even though our CAP sessions are building on skills and often culminate in a large finished product – the sessions are often fun to attend as solo sessions, and newcomers are always welcome to join in with the project at any time.
History Of Community Arts Projects
Previous Community Arts Projects you might have seen on display around Canberra include:
Wall hangings – Heartfelt – two felt wall hangings installed at the Mental Health Unit, Calvary Public Hospital
Mosaics – Heartland at Kippax Library. Other mosaics are installed at the QEII Family Centre and the Dickson Pool
Sculpture – at The Canberra Hospital
Ceramic Tile Mural at Dickson Library
Quilting – Textile Wall hanging in the maternity suite at the Canberra Hospital
Our Community Arts Project for 2012 is coming along well. We aim to present an exhibition in 2013 showcasing fashions in Canberra over the last 100 years – coinciding with Canberra’s 100th birthday celebrations.
The exhibition will feature photographs depicting each decade from the 1910s to the current day.
In terms 1 and 2, we have focused on hairstyling with Viki Alison and makeup techniques with Alexandra Ayala. Term 3 will see us practising a few photography tricks, and our photoshoots will take place in term 4, and perhaps even next year as we prepare for the exhibition.
Members are excitedly collecting vintage outfits and objects from across the decades in readiness for the fashion shoots.
Stay tuned for some stunning photographs of vintage beauties!!
For this year’s Community Arts Project, we worked on a textile display blanket with a Garden theme featuring a common colour – “Kelly” green. Each term we learned skills from different textile fields. In Term 1 we learned Felting skills, In Term two we learned Quilting and Term 3 – Crotchet/Knitting. In Term 4 we sewed together our completed textile art blocks (each approx 20cm2) and attached them to a purple backing. There were so many pieces that we were able to make 2 wall hangings. We donated one wall hanging to Lyons Early Childhood School where our bugs, butterflies, fairies and flowers hang with pride to the delight of the LEC School children! We were able to keep the other wall hanging, which now brightens the room at the Downer Community Centre.
Project combined creative writing with Melinda Smith, print-making with Antonia Aitken and bookbinding with Caren Florance. Many participants were able to combine their skills into a completed book, and many of our pieces have been collected together in a display box for future members to browse.
Project focused on weaving and textiles, working with local artist and writer Ann McMahon, who is herself a former Majura Women’s Group member, and culminated in an exhibition at the Belconnen Arts Centre in January 2010.
Newcomers are always welcome to join in with the project at any time.