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SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS ART STUDIO TRAIL
Gain insight into creative processes
Del Cooley's atmospheric landscapes are at home in her Bundanoon
studio, set in 20 acres of magnificent parkland.
Mary Lynn Mather
Tracey Mitchell's organic,
decorative and functional ceramics
are on show in her Mittagong
If visiting an artist s creative space
adds another dimension to the viewing
experience, art lovers are in for a treat
with the Southern Highlands Art
The event affords not one but many
chances to peep into the ateliers and
workshops of a range of different
As if that was not enough, there is
also the opportunity to take in the
stunning countryside, which often
serves as the impetus for the paintings,
pottery and other media on show.
With more than 30 studios opening
their doors, the 2015 art trail is the
feature event of the month-long
Southern Highlands Arts Festival,
which boasts a medley of exhibitions,
workshops and performances.
The art adventure spills through the
Wingecarribee Shire, from Bundanoon
to Balmoral Village, over the
weekends of November 7 to 8 and 14
to 15 from 10am to 5pm.
"The Southern Highlands has long
been a place favoured by artists," said
Jenny Kena, the shire council s
cultural development officer.
"The beauty of the area provides the
perfect conditions for inspiration and
She said the trail, now in its 10th
year, has given previous guests
fantastic insight into the creative
This time, more than 50 of the
region s artists will be ready to tell the
stories behind their pieces or discuss
their materials and answer any
Mediums on display include
traditional and contemporary painting,
ceramics, jewellery, woodwork,
bookbinding, textiles, printmaking,
photography, sculpture, botanical art
and bespoke lamp making.
"Another wonderful aspect of the
trail is that visitors have the
opportunity to view the works of both
emerging artists, such as those
involved in the Men s Shed groups, all
the way through to professional and
nationally recognised artists," Ms
Established painter Del Cooley,
who has exhibited locally and
internationally, saw the trail as a very
positive thing for the diverse artists
and the general community.
It s also extremely good value,
providing exposure for artists without
gallery commission fees, she said.
Visitors will be able to buy artworks
directly from the makers and entry to
all participating studios is free.
For more information, including a
full program and trail map, visit
shaf.com.au or contact the Southern
Highlands Welcome Centre in
Mittagong on 1300 657 559.
The ACT budget 2016-17 consultation
closed on October 14 after four weeks.
The WVCC made a submission
listing five key priorities based on
current works, consultant reports and
ageing infrastructure. These are:
* Funding for a new Woden
Community/Arts Centre. The Woden
community centre report identified the
possible reuse of empty buildings with
Callam Offices a strong contender,
though refurbishment costs are high.
* The upgrade of Woden Bus
interchange and associated transport
infrastructure. The new bus
interchange design must include cover
or a roof structure.
* Fund or release sites for a multi-
purpose indoor sports facility which
includes an aquatic centre. Two major
consultant reports have recommended
that an indoor aquatics centre be
located in the town centre along with
an indoor multi-court facility. The
WVCC has recommended the ACT
government consider releasing a site
for the purpose of a multi-sports
* Yarralumla Creek revitalisation
project -- Woden Wetlands/Channel
* Street lighting renewal. The
current street lighting does not meet
The next WVCC public meeting
will be on November 4 at the Woden
Hellenic Club at 7.30pm.
Students get taste of homelessness
Mary Lynn Mather
Merici College students and staff prepare for a night under the stars at the
Australian Institute of Sport during the Canberra Community Sleepout.
Students from schools across the ACT
unrolled their sleeping bags and camping
mats to raise money for homeless people
and experience what it would be like to
have no roof over their heads.
They were taking part in the Canberra
Community Sleepout, which was
organised by Communities@Work and
St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/
Among them were 85 pupils and five
staff members from Merici College,
committed to developing their
understanding of the effects of a serious
social problem while creating a sense of
Student Representative Council and
Social Justice captains Tahlia Low,
Meh-Ara Taseer and Julia Angove were
struck by the correlation between family
violence and homelessness.
"Within the ACT, 29 per cent of
people experiencing homelessness are
escaping family violence, Miss
Angove said. Every night in Canberra
over 1700 people are homeless.
Samara Gentle, marketing officer for
St Vincent de Paul Society, confirmed
that about a third of the cases of
homelessness in Canberra were due to
domestic violence and relationship
She said more than 700 of the ACT s
homeless people were younger than 21,
with 283 of them under the age of 12.
Teacher, and SRC and social justice
facilitator at Merici College, Sonia
Conte, was impressed by the students
maturity and commitment to the cause.
The students were very keen to get
a feel of homelessness so that they can
relate more personally to those people
who are less fortunate than
themselves, Ms Conte said. The
uncomfortable conditions were felt by
all the students and staff, sleeping on
damp grass with no shelter.
Ally Hocking Howe, who is in year
10, raised $415 in sponsorship, an
amount surpassed only by college
principal Loretta Wholley, who
contributed $745 towards the total of
$3165 raised by the school.
Communities@Work chief executive
officer Lynne Harwood stressed the
importance of raising awareness as well
as money to help those who are most
vulnerable and disadvantaged .
The organisation s wraparound services
include transitional support for women
who have escaped domestic violence.
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