Textile artist Wanda Bennett and digital media artists Jodie Connolly and Donna Maree Robinson teamed up to facilitate workshops at schools within the Sarina region to help create stop motion animations and lanterns that tell the students personal story of what life is like growing up in a small town in regional Queensland. Exploring themes that are drawn from this community the object of the project was to create a strong sense of place and ownership in a semi-rural landscape that extends from the mountains to the sea. The culmination of these workshops brought to life the Sarina Festival in September, 2015 with a lantern parade, projection enhanced performances and digital animations of the students work.
This project was funded by the Regional Arts Development Fund, a Queensland Government and Mackay Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture and Rio Tinto.
Special thanks to Creative Edge Dance Studio, Sarina Dance School, Margaret Ross, St Anne’s Catholic School, Sarina State High School, Swayneville State School, Carmila State School and the volunteers of the Sarina Festival Committee.
Wanda Bennett: Textile Artist/lantern workshop components
Jodie Connolly: Media Artist/digital editing/movie making school workshop components
Donna Maree Robinson: Media Artist, Project consultant/digital projection editing and design/ movie making school workshop components
Audio for projection by:
Children of Kids – Enhance_your_days,_Johnny_Ripper_remix
Ben McElroy -Cetology and
Sea Oleena – Southbound