ENGAGEMENT: ORGANISATIONS WITH PAID STAFF – 2015 GAMAA FINALIST
The Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef project attracted hundreds of community members, together with art and science lovers, in the collaborative making of crochet coral forms to create the Sunshine Coast Satellite Reef. This community engagement process was envisioned, developed and initiated by Caloundra Regional Gallery curatorial and education staff, and was launched on World Environment Day on 5 June 2014.
The collaboration of art, science and the environment was the platform that enabled the gallery to engage with the community in a much broader scope than a purely visual art program. Participation with Reef Check Australia, other environmental groups and schools, created opportunities to connect to new audiences. Local residents gathered weekly over a 10-month period to connect, make and collaborate, gradually gathering momentum and outreaching to other groups and locations. Giving participants artistic flexibility with the hyperbolic crochet pattern enabled them to express their individual voice, contributing to a truly unique response. Participants developed deep connections to others in the process and have continued to regularly meet and create new projects.
Sandie Young, Julie Hauritz and Cr Jenny McKay, Sunshine Coast Council, accepting their GAMAA Finalist award from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director, Rebekah Butler. Photographer LeAnne Vincent.