Maggie Porter and Rosie Wickert are two of the organisers of Arts Week 2021, being hailed as a cultural collaboration across the Shire. After a year in the cultural doldrums due to forced cancellations, the Shire is hungry for what promises to be a week of immersion in the arts.
Many will recall the success of the inaugural Bellingen Shire Arts Week in 2013, run by the BSC Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee. “Members of the arts community lament the loss of this committee, which brought together advocates of art and culture across the Shire in ways that haven’t happened since – until now,” says Rosie.
Similar to most groups and initiatives across the Shire, there is now broad recognition amongst cultural groups of the need for collaborative efforts to ensure survival as we emerge from the current fog. “It’s great to be working on a Shire-wide collaboration again. Expressions of interest are coming in from all over the Shire and across many elements of arts and culture,” says Rosie.
There is some frustration amongst the creative communities regarding the perceived importance of the the arts to the long term health and economic viability of the Shire. “We are a group of people who contribute hugely to the ambience of the Shire. Tourists are attracted to the Shire’s creativity. Some recognition would be wonderful. Regardless, our creatives will keep going and an event like Arts Week will create some energy after a blank period, supporting local communities and if possible, attracting tourists again,” says Maggie.
However, organisers are buoyed by the support being offered by the Chambers of Commerce, local Arts Councils and groups, and of course Camp Creative, which was forced to cancel 2021, thereby providing the opportunity for Arts Week to fill the gap. The shared vision for Arts Week 2021 is to provide an opportunity to really support and celebrate our creative communities across the Shire as we emerge from the uncertainties of 2020, to strengthen the Shire’s reputation as a hub of creative activity of many kinds and to strengthen collaborations and partnerships.
What a fabulous initiative.
INVITATION TO ALL THE CREATIVE ARTS
– and the artists who make it happen.
An “Arts Week” is planned for Bellingen Shire from 10 to 17 January 2021 when normally Camp Creative would have been held.
The previous Arts Week, held in 2013, was a great success. We are hoping this event will give a much needed boost to the creative industries and encourage visitors to the Shire after a difficult few months.
We invite you to:
- Display your 2D & 3D work in shopfronts, libraries, information centres and cafes in Bellingen, Urunga and Dorrigo and the surrounding areas.
- Arrange and run your own workshops, performances or other events.
- Open your studio to visitors.
- Support the local galleries who will be exhibiting.
- Musicians, writers, actors, filmmakers invited to join in
Artists and performers interested in taking part or wanting more information please contact us as soon as possible.
We will publicise your event.
Maggie Porter Arts Week coordinator bellingenshirear[email protected]
Supported by local Arts Councils, Chambers of Commerce, Camp Creative and Arts Mid North Coast