Art Openings

Last night was the opening of out Heritage Festival event - Conflict and Compassion.

We had three pots of different soups - loads of beautiful damper from the bakery next door, a brilliant display from the councils collections and the local Historical Society and a projection on the wall outside. The weather was cold but pleasant.

To be honest I am completely disappointed. Everything was set to be a very special night and only a handful of people managed to show up. I did a huge amount of advertising and I can guarantee that not one attendee was there becasue of what I had produced.

It is well know how hard it is to get people from our town out of a night time.  It is also well known about how hard you have to work to get people to interact with the arts. Sometimes it makes me so disheartened to continue in community arts work. Next year is our ten year anniversary of the opening of ArtsCape and we are STILL struggling to engage.

This year has been fantastic for ArtsCape and its programs and I literally have no idea how we can do better. We are a community run initiative however in all things community you often find that only a small part of that community actually do the work.

Yes this is a bitching post. Yes I do feel I am entitled to it.

I can't keep writing - this will only get more negative.

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Michelle Walker is a Tasmanian born creative. An Artist for life, Visual Arts Teacher, Graphic Designer, Photographer, Hairdresser by trade and mother to two beautiful children.