We are excited to announce our creative arts workshop series!

Talented local artists will lead you through a creative process to capture your lived experience of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Creative Collective Memory Arts Project is a chance for us to come together and reconnect, to create, celebrate, reflect, and to honour our unique stories and experiences while building a memory bank for future generations.

Whatever your interest, we have a range of workshops running from January until May 2022 that are sure to inspire.

Bookings are now open for our January and February workshops.

** Please note: We have photographers coming to each workshop for a short visit so we can capture the artmaking in process!

The Creative Collective Memory Arts project is funded through the Libraries for Health and Wellbeing Program; an initiative of State Library Victoria (for the Library Board of Victoria) and Public Libraries Victoria under the banner of the Statewide Public Library Development Projects 2020 – 2023.

Remix, Rethink mixed media with Samantha Thompson at Meredith Community Centre

Saturday 29 January, 10am–2pm

Join contemporary artist, Samantha Thompson and explore painting, collage, ink,and basic printmaking.

Bring your own dried flowers and other found objects to create one page of a community arts book.

With a focus on community spirit and resilience, artist Samantha Thompson will teach a variety of mixed media techniques from new and recycled elements. In partnership with Meredith Community Centre.

Samantha is a professional multidisciplinary contemporary artist and arts worker based in regional Victoria. Her work represents her passion for family and community, feminism and her connection to her surrounds. Growing up in the family fashion business exposed her to a myriad of business and creative opportunities from an early age. This included representing a fashion label overseas and developing product shoots and international product campaigns. These early experiences helped Samantha to run and manage her own art career, which has spanned over 20 years and includes 13 solo exhibitions and numerous Australian and International Exhibitions and Art Fairs.

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Creative Canvases with Jacklyn Foster at the fOrT Youth Centre

Friday 21 January, 2-5pm

Join artist, Jacklyn Foster and give yourself a brain break! Create your own individual piece of art, guided by your own intuition and creativity. Ages 12-25 years. “Creative Canvases” is an intuitive art class.

It's different from your typical demonstration-based art class where everyone recreates the same image.

Jacklyn integrates mindfulness and meditation and then guides you through 3 different sets of tools and materials.

Each person will end up creating their own individual piece and no two works of art will look the same; how incredible is that!

This workshop is all about the journey of creating over the destination and end result. This is an acrylic based workshop.

AKA give yourself a brain break! In partnership with City of Greater Geelong Youth Development Unit & The fOrT Youth Centre.

Jacklyn Foster is an award-winning, intuitive, mixed media abstract artist who creates contemporary, fun and vibrant still life art.

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Painting & creating a shared memory map of Covid-19 with Victoria Downey at Bellarine Community Health/headspace Ocean Grove

Friday 7 January, 10am–3pm

Join artist Vic Downey for a collective art-making workshop. Using a multi-layering technique, share and record a memory of your COVID experience. Ages 13-18 years.

Vic will guide participants to record a memory of their lived experience of COVID-19 on a shared canvas. The resulting artwork will act as a visual map that connects each member of the group in a safe and connected process of collective art making. In partnership with Bellarine Community Health and headspace Ocean Grove.

Vic Downey is best known for her colourful and eclectic paintings which convey her deep connection with plants, place, and people. Vic uses a combination of acrylic, watercolour, pen, and ink to build her artworks over multiple layers in a technique she has developed to convey a sense of depth and deeper meaning within the work.

Vic is passionate about the role of art as a healing modality and uses creativity to connect and create a shared language with those that she works with.

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Random Weaving with Caroline Hawkins at Anglesea Art House

Saturday 19 February, 10am–3pm

Share your lived experience of the pandemic through art! Join fibre artist, Caroline Hawkins, as she takes you through a weaving technique known as "random weave".

During this workshop, sculptural fibre artist Caroline Hawkins will guide you through a weaving technique that allows creative expression to evolve as you create order from chaos.

Caroline Hawkins work encompasses wrapped textiles and structural weaving techniques to create organic sculptural forms which borrow from methods used by basket weavers.

A key feature of Caroline’s work is plant fibres. The process of gathering and sourcing these fibres provide her with a unique connection to nature, which in turn informs her subject matter, from delicate wrapped native animals and birds to woven sculptural vessels. In partnership with Anglesea Art House.

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Colouring in poster workshop with Lara Davies at Deans Marsh SPARK!

Thursday 27 January, 10am–4pm (an hour off for BYO lunch)

Draw and paint your own colouring in poster with artist Lara Davies.

Share your experience of the pandemic by exploring the plants, buildings and objects that filled your world during lockdown

During this workshop, artist and educator Lara Davies will use the visual exploration of each participant’s unique home “5k's” to help them record the natural, built, and social world around them.

Using drawing, tracing, painting, and illustrative techniques, it is an opportunity for participants to create a colouring in poster and explore all that one learns to appreciate about their immediate environment and the things that brought happiness in difficult times.

In partnership with Deans Marsh SPARK!

Lara Davies originally studied a B.A of Fine Art at RMIT university, studying in the Drawing Department of the Art School. She likes to draw, paint, take photos, design prints and teach art.

For the past 13 years she has been teaching people drawing, textile design and screen printing as one half of Home-Work.

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After the Before Times: a dance exploration of the Covid lockdown experience with Xavier McGettigan at Queenscliff Townhall

Saturday 26 February, 12–4pm

Dancer and choreographer, Xavier McGettigan will guide you through a fun and energetic improvisation process to explore and express your individual COVID-19 experience.

No dance experience required.With a focus on positivity and inclusion, this workshop will cover the difficulties, the successes, humorous moments and more through dance.

In partnership with Borough of Queenscliffe.

Xavier McGettigan is a freelance choreographer, dancer, actor and musician. He is Director of Attitude Dance Company and has choreographed and directed multiple productions for the company as well as choreographed extensively for musical theatre.

** Please note - Participants will have developed a full work by the end of the workshop and the piece will be photographed and filmed as a start-to-finish single piece of work. Images and film will be uploaded onto Geelong Regional Library Corporation's website.

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What is involved in the workshop.

What is involved in the workshop.

What is involved in the workshop.