04 Jul ROSELLA PARK SCHOOL STUDENTS CELEBRATE AIRPORT ART INSTALLATION
Rosella Park School Senior Students performed live at Gladstone Airport recently the celebrate the launch of their Community Art’s Project.
The students had been working together on a large handmade paper installation with Visual & Community Artist, Melissa Peacock, from A Country Arts Practice since January this year.
Inspired by Dutch Artist Joris Kuiper’s work “Escaping Expressionism” the installation was launched at the Gladstone Airport on Tuesday the 25th of June. The work will be exhibited there for several months. Mr Kuiper said it is flattering that disabled people use his work as inspiration “love and congrats to makers,” he said.
Speaking at the launch was Acting CEO of Gladstone Airport Corporation Peter Friel, Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher, Councillor Glenn Churchill, Grant James from Santos GLNG, Acting Principal of Rosella Park School Steve Leese, Teacher at Rosella Park School Jo-Anne Lesson and Community Artist from A Country Arts Practice, Melissa Peacock who coordinated and facilitated the project. The students also performed a piece written and developed by the group at the launch.
Ms Peacock said that the project has provided an opportunity for the students to learn a new environmentally friendly skill and has given the students a means of individual self-expression and personal development. “The creative process has resonated with each emerging artist, as they have faced problem-solving and decision making both collaboratively and independently throughout the course of the visual and performing stages of the project,” Ms Peacock said.
“The confidence of each student has grown, and it has provided an experience that has supported not only an opportunity to exhibit to an international audience but has also enhanced community engagement, social relationships and communication,” Ms Peacock added.
The project was supported by Santos GLNG and Gladstone Airport Corporation.