Local art program delivers container load of fun

Published on 15 November 2018

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Outcrop Arts, an inclusive arts initiative on the Mornington Peninsula, is celebrating the conclusion of a year-long community outreach project to deliver accessible workshops and creative opportunities to emerging artists with a disability.  

The vocational studio-based program offered people with disability an opportunity to develop their creative skills and receive recognition for their work while also providing a point of difference for local businesses wanting to access to locally created artworks.

The project was supported by Mornington Peninsula Shire, genU, focus and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to deliver a series of professional arts and music workshops over the past 12 months, offering people with disabilities creative engagement and arts opportunities close to home.

A $78,000 grant from DHHS and genU assisted with the purchase of key items such as printing presses and musical instruments to for use at the Outcrop Studio, temporarily housed at the Shire’s Mornington youth centre, The Corner.

With support from the Shire’s Metro Access worker and Youth Services team, a project manager was engaged to oversee the development of the program, which included a visual art and music component and purchase of a shipping container Outcrop artists worked on with artist Tara Kingston to create a collaborative mural.

Council’s representative for the Arts and Culture Advisory Panel (ACAP) and Shire Mayor Councillor David Gill said “this project was all about celebrating our culture and diversity in collaboration with local artists.

“The Outcrop Studio provided an inclusive space for emerging artists with a disability to participate in skill sharing workshops and a safe place to seek creative support.

“The initial pilot was a great success and we are now looking for support to grow this project in other ways, with a view to creating commercial products and employment pathways for the artists through a social enterprise”.  

For more information or to express your interest in supporting the Outcrop Arts program, email: access@mornpen.vic.gov.au

PICTURE CAPTION: Council representatives for the Arts and Culture Advisory Panel Mayor Gill and Cr Celi with the Shire’s Metro Access worker Virginia Richardson, project manager Melissa Banks, artist Tara Kingston and Outcrop Arts project artists at the launch of their container mural at The Corner youth centre in Mornington.

Photo supplied: Timmy Stiefler.