Mary Barron is the Flying Arts Artist taking part in the Sam Rit Residency and Cultural Exchange. Here she talks about how the first workshop went in this rural Thai community.
Elysha Rei is the Flying Arts Program Coordinator, and has been instrumental in getting the Sam Rit Residency and Cultural Exchange off of the ground. Here she gives some background on the area in which Flying Artist Mary Barron will be spending her eight week residency. Read her first journal article.
‘The Sam Rit Residency and Cultural Exchange Project is off to a flying start! Landing in the Kingdom of Thailand just before New Years I was greeted with the warmth of tropical weather and the kindness of village locals anticipating the arrival of artist Mary Elizabeth Barron.
In January and February 2016, Queensland’s Flying Arts Alliance is undertaking a cultural exchange and artist residency in Sam Rit Region in North Eastern Thailand, supported by Australia through the former Australia-Thailand Institute, now merged into the Australia-ASEAN Council, and part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Sometimes it can be the artists/teacher that can learn from the students and this was definitely the case with the students at the Ipswich Special School. As a complete stranger, walking through the school for the first lesson, I was amazed by how friendly every student was: polite and welcoming with offers to help carry my gear to the room…
Speech on opening of “Reminiscence” Celebrating 100 years of Australian visionary Judith Wright. Flying Arts Alliance Exhibition, Judith Wright Centre, 5 December 2015, presented by Matt Foley.
Flying Arts Alliance Small Schools Mentorship Program saw another 5 schools create some wonderful Teacher/Artist Collaborations with visits to implement these in-school collaborations between August and November. Once again, Visual and Media Arts was used to apply direct links to what was being studied in the classroom; in this case Science and History subjects building rich curriculum experience for students and giving teachers a model of utilising artist as a resource.
The Flying Arts Alliance Office will be closed December 23, 2015 – January 10, 2016. We look forward to serving you in the New Year, when we reopen Jan 11. In the meantime, we give you a sneak peek of some new aspects of the program for the New Year, and there are a number of member give-aways to enter.