I always enjoy my time in Emerald and it was great to make new connections at Emerald North State School and catch up with old friends whilst in town. I continued the tradition of completing a new piece at Emerald BMX. After Blackall and Barcaldine this Central Queensland trip was a brief yet productive one.
Emerald kept me busy as always. This time around I facilitated mural art workshops with local youth to create a large mural at PCYC, A fresh coat at the BMX and Skateparks and painted a mandala in the CBD.
Fresh for 2016.
In the lead up to the Multicultural festival, Sauce facilitated a series of workshops with the young people of Emerald. This hit wall was at the local tennis club in Emerald, so with the help of the young people, Sauce created a mural with design elements to suit the use and the location.
The stencil art workshops were also customised, as there were two different groups of participants. For the yellow side, the participants were 12-16 years old, which meant the mural was more stencil based and Sauce needed to complete the finer details of the design. On the blue side of the wall, the participants were 16 +. The older age bracket allowed for an intricate design with more details and a complex theme.
Again, with these types of projects, it’s not possible to run programs without the fantastic support from dedicated community workers, so a massive thanks goes to the Emerald office of Anglicare CQ.
The Emerald Aquatic Centre was the first gig Sauce had waiting for him in Emerald, and he was there for six days completing the cartoon murals for the children’s area. Sauce met the manager of the centre on his previous trip to Central Queensland, as the manager was looking for something to smarten the place up before the busy summer season.
The manager was so impressed with the children’s area, he commissioned Sauce to paint an entrance mural too.
Things may have seemed quiet in the studio for the past month, but Sauce has been anything but quiet. Last month, he toured Central Queensland with thanks to Anglicare CQ and spent the past month flat out like a lizard drinking. Anglicare celebrated thirty years of service this year, and we realised that Sauce has been working with the organisation for the past decade.
For this trip, the Anglicare CQ team from Emerald kept him busy with countless workshops for the young people of Emerald and he painted a few murals too. The locals of Emerald also keen to have their walls painted and Sauce managed to smash a few commissions too.
It wasn’t all work and no play. Hayley (the most effective and efficient Youth Worker this side of the Black Stump), was generous enough to take Sauce to Fairburn Dam for the day where he indulged in some wake boarding! The Emerald and CQ crew are always a pleasure to work with, and Sauce is already planning to head back out again. Next stop: Barcaldine.
As you can see, Sauce has loads of pictures from his trip away. Too many for one blog post! To see the action unfold, follow us on Instagram!
Fresh from another project in Emerald I have again had a very productive and enjoyable time. This most recent project spread Aerograffix with a number of agencies completing murals and workshops at the skatepark, PCYC, Community Solutions, Anglicare Office and banners to celebrate Disability Action Week. It was great to work with some very talented young artists and continue to strenghten partnerships within the community. The number of canvasses and murals produced over the eleven day project was incredible showing demand for the school holiday arts workshops was strong. A big thanks to Anglicare for the opportunity to return to Emerald, also Central Highlands Regional Council and PCYC for supporting the project.
It was great to return to Emerald as the first regional project I facilitated was in Emerald back in 2004. After returning for several youth art projects in 04 & 05, opportunities opened up throughout central Queensland. It is fantastic to see the achievements of the original projects remaining on several sites around town. This visit kept me busy working with Anglicare to complete a team “Momentum” mural and many works on canvas with young people who have participated in camp activities. I was impressed with the drawing skills of the participants and it didn’t take long for several to produce some fantastic aerosol works. Here’s a selection of pics…enjoy!