MAKING ART, WORKS!!
In 2013, Tulgeen’s Art in the Garage received funding from the Cassandra Gantner Foundation to fund a pilot project to research and fund supported visual arts options for children aged 8-18 years with disability. The funding is significant on two levels in that it is (1) recurrent and (2) the first project the Foundation has funded outside of Victoria.
After an epic gestation period, Tulgeen has just completed its first ‘Kids in the Garage’ program in partnership with the Bega Valley Primary School. Led by local artist and ceramicist Daniel Lafferty, the first Kids in the Garage program focused on art making in the cermamics medium. Works were hand built as well as thrown on a pottery wheel with the children enjoying all forms of the clay work.
Damien Andy with Mark Rose (Education Assistant) looking on
Seven students aged from 7 to 12 years delighted in making a range of ceramic pieces from dishes to spiders to houses. At this stage the works remain unfired and will be completed when Daniel fires them in Tulgeen’s in-house kiln on 24 September 2014.
L – Connor McDowell’s house and R – Logan Backhouse and Connor McDowell
L – unfired pinch pot by and R- spiders
Tulgeen provided Daniel Lafferty’s expertise and mentoring skills, all art making supplies and tools in our in-house professional ceramic studios and transport to and from the School to our studios.
Some feedback from the children themselves includes:
Will Russell: (Age 7) “I think the workshops are fabulous. I have had a good time making clay and doing things. The best part is building with the clay and letting it dry out.”
James Robinson: (Age 8) “I loved making the animals. The wheel has been fun. I also like riding on the bus.”
Tulgeen wishes to thank the visionary Principal A/g of Bega Valley Primary School, Mark Farrell for being the first in the area to commit his school to this project. Thanks also to teachers, teachers aides and education assistants from the School, Kim Cooke, Mark Rose and Louise Evans. The program was also fortunate to have a parent Belinda McDowell attend most sessions.
“We are all looking forward to the continuing the workshops next term. I can’t wait to see the look on the children’s faces when they see their completed works fired” said Dianne Rees who has coordinated the Kids in the Garage pilot.
“Tulgeen looks forward to expanding our program to all primary schools within the Valley and to a long and creative association with the Cassandra Gantner Foundation. I am positive the Foundation will be delighted with the results of the pilot” said Pete Gorton, CEO of Tulgeen. “Working with children is a new service approach for Tulgeen and we look forward to consolidating Kids in the Garage and expanding our work with children. It is clearly an area of great need and we wish to be able to offer services across all ages, especially with the impending National Disability Insurance Scheme.”
A full project report is being compiled and will be available online from the Tulgeen website in due course.
If your Primary School wishes to participate in ‘Kids in the Garage’ or would like more information about this program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a parent, carer or advocate of a child or adult and wish to discuss support from Tulgeen, please contact Pete Gorton email@example.com