Community Christmas Tree Project on show

Community Christmas Tree Project on show

A Community Christmas tree featuring 360 original artworks from local children is currently on display at the Gladstone Airport.

Adorning the branches of the three metre tall and two metre wide aluminium tree, made by the Gladstone Men’s Shed, are artwork from Yarwun State School, Nagoorin State School, Rosella Park School, St Francis Catholic Primary School, St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School, Tannum Sands Kindergarten and Bambini Early Childhood Centre students.

The project, run by A Country Arts’ Practice Melissa Peacock, is being showcased at Art-Port, a public art space at Gladstone Airport, and is a partnership with Gladstone Airport Corporation.

Now in its second year, the project offers participants of all abilities a socially engaging art experience via the creation of original drawings on bespoke recycled paper bunting.

Community Cultural Development Practitioner and Visual Artist Melissa Peacock said support in self-expression was a key feature of the project.

“Participants received educational instructions on sustainability as they learned how to make handmade paper bunting,” she said.

“They also learned and developed technical skills in drawing, based on their own personal experiences.

“They were also introduced to basic skills in sewing in order to hang the bunting from the steel branches.

“These additional skills will foster them into becoming eco-champions of the future, by learning sustainable art practices.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund supported community art piece, believed to be the only community art tree in any regional airport across Australia, will be on show at the Gladstone Airport until mid-January 2022.

Ms Peacock said she would also like to thank MSS Security, GAPDL, Boyne Smelters Limited, Rio Tinto Yarwun and ConocoPhillips Australia, as downstream operator of Australia Pacific LNG.

 Photos courtesy of Tim Jackson.