WOMEN OF STORY is an Intergenerational Women’s Story and Art Exhibition in celebration of International Women’s Day. Curated by Peripheral Arts, Women of Story is told by a collective of Sunshine Coast female storytellers, artists and musicians.

Dates: 1 - 31 March 2019

Venue: Gallery One, The Old Ambulance Station, 80 Howard Street, Nambour

Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 3pm

Official Exhibition Launch and Celebration of Women’s Stories: 5:30pm for a 6pm start on Friday, 1st March 2019 

EXHIBITION 1: Have You Considered: A Women’s Story via Masks, Photography, Animated Art and Song

Peripheral Arts and Women Initiating New Directions Organisation (WINDO) have recently collaborated on a story crafting and mask making workshop series ‘The Story of US’, a women-centred, multi-generational community arts and storytelling project, held at Montessori International College. The women’s stories and art from the workshop have culminated in the intermedial Women of Story exhibition/storytelling event during International Women’s Month in March 2019. 

The project conducted story and mask crafting workshops focusing on significant issues for women, driven thematically through participant consultation. During the workshop and crafting phase, participants had the opportunity to reimagine and recreate their stories via diverse artistic mediums.

Included in the exhibition are a number of women’s masks; framed photographs of the women during the workshop; a display of the women’s individual stories; and a looped animated film of the women’s collaborative story Have You Considered created and facilitated by Sunshine Coast Artist Alicia Sharples. 

Sketch Animation Artist: Alicia Sharples 

Alicia’s ethos and work as a sketch animator aligns and complements Peripheral Arts’ philosophy that fosters the importance of storytelling, across different mediums, to empower and create social cohesion. It is for this reason we are delighted that Alicia’s work will visually enhance collaborative story created by the participants of Peripheral Arts and WINDO workshops. Alicia and her work are no strangers to Peripheral Arts.  Three years ago Alicia was a participant in Peripheral Arts’ Wild Women’s Tales story crafting workshops where she passionately located and captured her individual story via different mediums including written and spoken word and visual art and has continued her work in the arts as a sketch animator and centre coordinator of the Butter Factory Arts Centre. 

Musician: Lara-Jane

Lara-Jane is a singer-songwriter, dreamer and truth-seeker, passionate about making music to discover and connect with the world, deepen authenticity and come alive. Lara-Jane participated in the Women of Story story-crafting and mask-making workshop and will be performing songs inspired by the journey. https://www.lara-jane.com.au

Photographer: Dr Lisa Raith

Lisa is an artist, an independent academic and researcher. The centre of her work with Peripheral Arts is with our community programs. Her background in psychology, creative health and art practice is invaluable to the team. Lisa is the potter of the team, both in the artistic reflection she brings to community workshops, and her understanding of the time and thoughtfulness it takes to nurture creative connection. For this project Lisa, brought her photographic skills to bear, chronicling the workshop processes and capturing the women and their  journeys through her lens as part of the Women of Story exhibition.

EXHIBITION 2: Diverse Journeys:  Artist and Poetry Books

Joining the Women of Story exhibition is Diverse Journeys: a display of the artist and poetry books from the women of The Global Hub, Caloundra Community Centre. Nycole Prowse (Peripheral Arts) collaborated with Kim Morland (Interact Interpretation and Art) to facilitate community arts workshops in partnership with The Global Hub. The project explored creativity using participant-led, accessible arts media on a range of related, group-led themes. Along with the creation of mixed media artist books incorporating photography, print making, painting, collage and journey maps, the participants developed skills in writing and expressing poetry over a five week period, culminating in a celebratory exhibition of the women’s artist books and poetry. Aside from the physical outcome of the written poetry that complemented the artist books, the poetry fostered wider discussions around identity, created individual empowerment and social connection.

About Peripheral Arts:

Peripheral Arts puts focus on artistic and creative ways to bring about the wellbeing of communities. Their aim is to enable individuals and groups to tap into their creative selves in order to reach their full potential, to promote personal growth and improve quality of life. The Peripheral Arts’ approach to creative education fosters stronger communities that are resilient, healthy, supportive and connected. 

With Thanks:

The projects were funded by the Sunshine Coast Council Community Grants and Regional Arts Development Fund and resonate with key Sunshine Coast Council Community Development and Social Strategy priorities for connected, resilient and healthy communities - positive ageing, engaging young people, and involvement in creative activities - and WINDO’s objectives to “honour, celebrate and advance women and girls’ talents, innovations and endeavours through innovative programs”. 

The Women of Story exhibition is part of WINDO’s major cultural event and vision to build an Arts Trail that celebrates female artists across various Sunshine Coast communities to be presented at:  The Old Ambulance Station, Nambour; The Butter Factory, Cooroy; and The J Arts Wall, Noosaville.