Art for community sake

July 17, 2019 BY

Creativity: Sadiki Mukasa and Liv Lorkin take time out from normal business Photo: CAROL SAFFER

WINTER sunshine, music, paint brushes and raw enthusiasm were some of the ingredients used by Leadership Ballarat and Western Region’s 2019 program participants to create a community art installation.

The group spent a day at Sovereign Hill’s Narmbool Estate painting a series of wooden bollards.

Designs created by younger Darley residents were used as templates for the artwork on the poles which will be installed in a community pocket park.

Renae Knight, manager of Darley Neighbourhood House and Learning Centre said it is pleased to be part of a local arts undertaking.

“This project is a unique opportunity to beautify and celebrate the area and instil a sense of community pride,” she said.

Liv Lorkin, LBWR cohort member, said she has gained confidence and assertiveness both in personal and business relationships since commencing the yearlong LBWR program.

As an artist at heart she loved the painting activity and its outcomes.

“I find art and creativity exciting and relaxing and creating something meaningful for the community is a bonus,” she said.

The project came about as a result of collaboration between Moorabool Shire Council, Darley Neighbourhood House, funding from the Hugh Williamson Foundation and the donation of materials from Haymes Paint.

“Haymes is proud to support the LBWR program and recognise the importance of building and strengthening community across our region,” Rodney Walton, General Manager of Haymes Paint said.

Michelle Whyte, Executive Officer Of LBWR, acknowledged the importance of neighbourhood houses.

“They do so much to strengthen community bonds and encourage people to determine their best lives,” she said.

“It is with great pleasure that we can bring together the arts, business and community sectors to deliver a spirited project for the people of Darley.”

Sadiki Mukasa, fellow member of LBWR, said it’s been a good road so far during the first six months of the curriculum.

The creative art event was a huge change from his usual day to day work.

“It’s almost like a little holiday to relax and paint while also being involved in a community development,” he said.