The first of the out-of-exhibition art making workshops will be with students at Wairoa School in August with artist Linda Bowden. Then later in the year at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital with the ‘chinwaggers’ group of stroke patients involved in the hospitals ‘Arterie’ program.
Wairoa School located at Bondi provides quality educational programs in a caring environment for 65 students with intellectual and multiple disabilities in the 4-18 years age range drawn from the Eastern and Inner West area of Sydney. Students have visited Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibitions and participated in a Tactile Tour for the past seven years. Tactile Tours are part of the Sculpture by the Sea Access & Inclusion program. They are designed to engage audiences with disability to experience and enjoy sculpture through discussion and touch with trained Sculpture by the Sea Educators and in partnership with AGNSW Access Guides.
The Education Access & Inclusion program has collaborated with Wairoa School for many years, providing pre exhibition information that helps prepare students for their visit and Tactile Tour. Since 2015 we have been able to offer workshops with an exhibiting artist in the out of exhibition period at their school.
Assistant Principal Penelope Earp explained, “Our excursion to Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is one of our highlights of the school year and yields many benefits. Students often have another disability from physical to autism to medical, therefore it is not always possible to take my class on excursions as either the location is inappropriate or my students are unable to benefit due to their needs. By being part of the tour the students always, despite their ability, develop their artistic needs and aspirations and I can see their confidence boosted. Thanks to the workshops with an artist from Sculpture by the Sea, students can extend their experience of sculpture ‘hands on’ in their school environment. I am amazed at what they produced”.
The extra workshops at Wairoa will provide students with a more integrated and sculpture making program. Linda Bowden has exhibited in thirteen Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions to date, and has delivered many School Education Program art making workshops with primary and secondary students during exhibition are exciting and popular.
Linda will be working with Wairoa students to develop a body of work based on the theme ‘creatures’. Students will realise and explore their ideas through drawing, soft wire and clay and learn about three dimensional forms both abstract and figurative.
Watch this space for the results of the Wairoa school student’s involvement of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea workshops and Tactile Tours and the upcoming workshops with the ‘chinwaggers’ group at the Royal Prince Albert Hospital.
We wish them all lots of fun.
For more information about the Access & Inclusion Program at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, during exhibition and out of exhibition please visit: sculpturebythesea.com/bondi/tactile-tours/
Or contact the Education Access & Inclusion manager Petra Pattinson: [email protected]