VISIBLE the bold and new art residency held at night under lights on the stunning foreshore and jetty platform in Streaky Bay from 2-6 January 2018 has been heralded as a massive success. The residency brought audiences and participants who intentionally came to the event or were just wandering along the foreshore and were invited into a vibrant hub of engaging and innovative outdoor art activities.”
Evaluation of the residency thus far has revealed that 46% of participants and audiences rated the event as mind-blowing! There were no negative ratings.
The variety of cross art forms offered in workshops invited and engaged staggering 756 participants from ages 5 and under to the oldest audience member who was 80!
66% of those people described their participation as ‘authentic’! 100% of participants “Got something out of the workshops” and of the 23 potential ‘outcomes’ the top three most popular answers were:
- I enjoyed art in the outdoor spaces 67.74%
- I loved the new experiences 67.74%
- It made me feel great 70.97%
Families made up the majority of those participating including as audience members with people attending from as far away as South Africa, from 3 other states and, from within South Australia.
96.15% of the those surveyed said they would attend a residency or event like VISIBLE again in Streaky Bay.
The event employed 6 highly regarded community artists, 8 support workers (4 whom were employed) and 1 project manager. Lauren Karp and Leah King were two popular local artists involved in the project.
Visiting Adelaide photographer and light painting artist Cam Edser says “Thanks for a great week up in Streaky! The event came together well and created an excellent atmosphere. This [light painting] group got a lot out of it because they were able to use their own cameras and work on them individually.”
The residency purposely filled a ‘gap’ that had been identified by the VISIBLE committee to entertain and provide great experiences in addition to other traditional events and activities for families and, particularly those visiting the region at this time of year. The survey feedback provides encouragement to develop and implement more arts and cultural events like VISIBLE and; to utilise our great outdoor spaces more during peak times and/or all year round.
MORE ABOUT VISIBLE AND HOW YOU CAN BE A PART OF IT
The VISIBLE VISION is ‘to enable our communities to create sustainable events, experiences and opportunities that, inspire, activate and connect people to our place; generate our economy and; to embrace our culture, our people and our environment so that our place is one that we all love to live in or visit and; where individuals and communities can thrive.’ The VISIBLE subcommittee is highly skilled group of individuals with a collective mission to work closely with other stakeholders to develop a framework and a platform from which new possibilities and economies can be realised.
Jayne Holland, President, Streaky Bay Tourism says “Streaky Bay Tourism are thrilled with the response to the very first VISIBLE residency. A VISIBLE committee has been formed with a combination of passionate tourism, Council and community people. Planning is underway for similar events to take place in December and January of 2019 and beyond. With this new vision there are exciting times ahead for visitors and locals alike at a peak time of year in Streaky Bay.”
Want to know how you can join the VISIBLE movement?
Why not come to the next meeting to be held in late February 2018. (Notification pending)
Contact the VISIBLE committee (A subcommittee of Streaky Bay Tourism):
Jayne Holland on 0427 706 454
Feature image: Light painting workshop VISIBLE 2018
Streaky Bay Tourism acknowledges the generous support and funding of the District Council of Streaky Bay, Regional Arts Australia Step Out funding through Country Arts SA and illuminarts Port to Port project.
Feature image: Jayne Holland