Project links art with community in collaborative works

EXCITING PROJECT: Felicia Lloyd with the books to be altered for New Leaf Project.
EXCITING PROJECT: Felicia Lloyd with the books to be altered for New Leaf Project. Contributedfelicia Lloyd

A LOCAL arts project is bringing together aspiring artists from the Gladstone region and beyond with the aid of Regional Arts Development Fund.

Between June and October, local artist and teacher Felicia Lloyd will facilitate workshops to create collaborative artist books, as part of The New Leaf: An Altered Book Project.

The free workshops with varied topics are suitable for artists of all levels of experience and expertise, and will be held fortnightly at Gladstone Picture Framing on Central Lane.

Participants will exchange resources and ideas with other artists outside the region to create altered books, works on paper and sculptural pieces.

These will be exhibited at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens gallery in November this year.

"Ultimately these books will document community art making practice," Ms Lloyd said.

"It is an exciting project, and I've had an overwhelming response from artists wanting to get involved, either by attending workshops in Gladstone or by joining the exchange and participating by mail."

"There are about 30 people in Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Thursday Island, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gladstone joining in. It is a really great opportunity for people to learn from each other and to form valuable networks with other artists."

Secondary schools and community groups are invited to participate with workshops tailored to ages and interests.

Students will be able to work with artists and educational resources will be provided to their teachers and carers to use as a catalyst for further exploration.

Information session at Gladstone Picture Framing at 10am on May 31. For more information contact Felicia Lloyd, 0432 176 275, felicia.lloyd@hotmail.com, facebook.com/Thenewleaf2014.



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