Farmers, mental health workers, artists and community leaders from regional Victoria and NSW will come together this September for the ACRE 3 Seminar at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
NFF Vice President Les Gordon will open the event, and will be followed by speakers from innovative and successful rural arts and mental health programs.
Director of Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery and ACRE Ian Tully said the ACRE 3 Seminar provided an opportunity for people interested in the progress of communities, their own businesses, the arts, community health and the health of individuals.
“We will hear about artists, farmers and people from the area of mental health working in rural communities and making a change. To hear about other people’s struggles and subsequent success is inspiring,” Mr Tully said.
“That is what I think is important about this seminar, we want to inspire people, to have them realise that certain things are possible, that the arts can play a significant part in instigating change or can help cope with adverse change,” he said.
“For a community to move forward, not matter how small or isolated it is, it must do so with more than just the dollar sign as the driver. Sport can be the glue that holds many small communities together, and thank goodness for that, but it is the arts that can reach further, be all inclusive and operate at many different levels.”
Presenters at ACRE 3 will include
- Vic McEwan, The CAD Factory (Narrandera, NSW). Vic will deliver the keynote address, discussing his work at The CAD Factory, and how a deep exploration of ideas around mental, environmental and community health are leading the development of socially engaged arts practice.
- Robin Yetman, Patchewollock Music Festival. Robin will talk about the festival from its humble beginnings and the benefits to its rural community.
- Alison Kennedy, National Centre for Farmer Health. Alison will talk about The Ripple Effect, an innovative digital research project responding to higher rates of stigma and suicide in rural farming communities.
- Dr Keith Mullette, from Somewhere Down Lachlan (Forbes, NSW). Keith will speak about a range of ventures, including the sculpture trail. The trail will stretch from Forbes, along the stock route to Condobolin, and aims to encourage travellers to stop, look and discover all the visual arts treats in the area.
- Trevor Flinn, TWIG artist (Dunkeld) and Peter Redfearn, farmer and TWIG host (Moulamein). Trevor and Peter will discuss TWIG, an ACRE project where artists and farmers work together to create events that bring the community together and celebrate farming landscapes.
The ACRE 3 Seminar will be held on Friday, 1 September from 10.30am until 4.30pm at Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
The opening of The People’s Museum exhibition will follow at 5.30pm. The exhibition has been put together to coincide with ACRE 3, and focusses on artefacts from local farming families and the stories attached to them.
Seminar registration is $60 per person. To find out more or book your place, contact Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery 5036 2430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find out more on the ACRE Facebook page and website – www.acreart.wordpress.com.
ACRE 3 Seminar will be held on 1 September in Swan Hill, bringing together farmers, mental health workers, artists and community leaders from regional Victoria and NSW. They will share and discuss innovative and successful programs making a difference in rural communities. Find out more – facebook.com/acre.project or contact Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery 5036 2340.
The ACRE Project is an artist network and project based in Swan Hill and covering the surrounding farming areas in Victoria and New South Wales. It has hosted seminars and artist residencies, aiming to encourage different thinking about what can happen on farms in the present and the future.
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