Arts project animates eager Yeppoon crowds
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
ONE of the largest arts projects to take place in Yeppoon drew hundreds of people to various venues over the weekend as Animating Spaces mounted three separate events involving local artists and the community.
The three components - High Tide, Through the Porthole and Digital Drifting - were presented by Artslink Queensland and its local partners Keppel Coast Arts and Livingstone Shire Council.
KCA president Leanne Smith welcomed a large crowd to the first project, High Tide, at the Yeppoon beachfront on Friday evening.
High Tide included a parade of large and colourful flags, a display of large lanterns, music and street theatre presented by circus performer Jacienta Hinton.
Subtitled "a coastal journey in ceramic", Through the Porthole drew admirers to Beaman Park on Saturday afternoon.
Consisting of 52 porthole-shaped artworks, it was created by artists Renton Bishopric, Kim Warcon and Clare Botfield and also included pieces by students at St Brendan's and St Ursula's colleges in Yeppoon.
The works represented an art trail of ceramic snapshots, as if seen from a boat travelling down the Capricorn Coast, of the coastline and its flora and fauna. The artworks were based on images taken by local photographers.
Altogether, three artists, nine photographers, 38 students and five volunteers were involved in the preparation of Through the Porthole.
Mr Bishopric said the entire body of work in Through the Porthole had been offered to Livingstone Shire Council for use as a permanent art trail along the Capricorn Coast.
On Saturday evening, Digital Drifting involved the screening of work by two local videographers, Peter Szilveszter and Hughi Simmons, capturing the essence of life on the coast in light, colour, sound and movement.
Ms Smith said the successful staging of Animating Spaces in Yeppoon was a tribute not only to the artists but the entire community.
Representing Artslink Queensland, Kerryanne Farrer said she had been delighted at the response to the project from Keppel Coast Arts and the people of Yeppoon.
Having had its first presentation here, the Animating Spaces project will now move on to four other Queensland centres - Roma, Gladstone, Cooktown and Samford.