Isolation? A Great Opportunity to Explore Creativity and Culture

It's a perfect time for the inner artist in all of us to explore creativity and culture...and maybe even win a decent pot of prize money.

Isolation? A Great Opportunity to Explore Creativity and Culture

Posted by: Charles Pakana
Posted: 26 August 2020
TAGS: Arts | COVID-19


Click on the play button above to hear the full interview

NOTE: The Koorie Heritage Trust fund is running a free Professional Development Workshop tomorrow (27 August at 1pm) for artists – and anyone, really – wanting to use social media, in particular Instagram. Click here for more information.

Thomas Merton, Trappist monk, social activist and son of two artists, is quoted as saying: “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.

Frankly, it’s almost as if he was targeting those words to so many Melburnians and Victorians currently living under the State’s Stages 3 and 4 coronavirus lockdowns.

According to Torres Strait Islander man and CEO of the Koorie Heritage Trust Tom Mosby, it’s a great time for people to explore their creativity.

“I think people isolating at home, you have time on your hands and looking for something to do, and this is really the time to do that [exploring of creativity].” Mr Mosby told Connection Matters Radio (CMR). “And looking at the programs we have at the Koorie Heritage Trust, we really encourage that as well.”


Amazing (and rewarding) opportunities

Mr Mosby went on to discuss the current programs underway by the Trust to inspire Victorian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and promote First Nations art, even during the pandemic. These include:

  • Professional Development: Instagram Workshop with Rubii Red
  • The 8th Koorie Arts Show 2020
  • Blak Design

While the creation of any piece of art is reward in itself, the Trust has well and truly added substantial sweetening with top prize money of $10,000 for the 8th Koorie Arts Show; and that’s on top of an additional $17,000 spread across six other awards.

While Mr Mosby mentioned that the contest was open to all “practising” artists, he clarified that to provide inspiration for pretty well anyone.

“If you’ve even picked up a pencil and drawn something, or you paint or whatever, it’s really [for] anyone who enjoys creating – they can submit. It’s open to all skill levels.”

…more in the interview (click on the play button above)


For more information

For more information on the Koorie Heritage Trust and its current programs:

Click here for the Koorie Heritage Trust website

Click here for information on the 8th Koorie Art Show 2020

Click here for information on the Instagram workshop with Rubii Red

Click here for more information on Blak Design

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