Community Artist Lands in Ashfield

The historic walls of Ashfield’s Thirning Villa are a far cry from the remote communities of the Kimberley Region in WA, but Ashfield Council’s new Artist in Residence, Veronica Calarco, is looking forward to her 4 month stay in Sydney’s Inner West.
Ms Calarco is the eighth artist to complete a residency at Thirning Villa and will run free workshops and demonstrations for the community from December 2005 to March 2006.
Ms Calarco is an accomplished artist who has overseen an extensive range of community projects throughout Australia, including working with Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley region and facilitating an art project for people with a disability in Alice Springs.
Armed with a Visual Arts degree specialising in print making and post-graduate qualifications in textiles, Ms Calarco is experienced in a range of techniques including weaving, embroidery and printmaking. Ms Calarco said she was looking forward to creating a friendly and accessible environment, where community members could enjoy themselves and learn new skills.
Projects such as this are an excellent way to reach the more isolated members of the community, she said.
It is wonderful to watch people grow in confidence as they learn new artistic techniques and discover their creative side.
I am also looking forward to interacting with the different cultural groups in the municipality.
Workshops & Open Studio
Ms Calarco will run workshops on collagraph printing, polychromatic printing and stencil screen printing commencing in January.
Keep an eye out for the upcoming timetable.
For further information, please contact Council’s Community Services Department on 9716 1866 or see their web site: www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au

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