Logan and Ipswich Artists recharging their Creativity
For Logan and Ipswich based artists and art workers, creative opportunities within the arts sector have been put on hold due to COVID-19. New initiatives such as BEMAC’s Creative Booster Packs however, are giving artists the recharge they need in a time of isolation to share and showcase their work online.
Visual artist, Ronelle Reid from Cedar Vale, and Indian Rangoli sand artist, Madhu Khana from Daisy Hill, had both planned to showcase their own art forms in various exhibitions and workshops before COVID-19 forced cancellations of their events for the near future.
“This situation has been difficult with my art business in an early phase. I had been expecting to exhibit in a number of shows that have now been closed, competitions cancelled, and a number of commissions pulled out due to loss of income at their end.” Said Ronelle whose artwork represents, and aims to bring awareness to, the conservation of animal life.
BEMAC has found a way to support local artists like Ronelle, and help them tap into new opportunities during this challenging time within the arts sector. As the provider of the Regional Arts Services Network (RASN) in Logan and Ipswich, BEMAC are encouraging arts workers in these regions who need funding or creative mentorship to apply for their new Creative Booster Pack. Ant McKenna, Program Manager at BEMAC, is confident the initiative will kick start new ideas by funding up to $500 for an individual applicant or $1000 for a group application.
Ronelle says that applying for BEMAC’s Creative Booster Pack has given her renewed hope to engage with the local community in a new way. “It gives me a way to connect with the Logan arts community when we can’t get together in person, and build my creative network. It’s also an opportunity to bring in extra income to sustain my new business, while giving me a creative focus, and helping me develop my planning and project management skills” said Ronelle who plans to document her creative process from planning to painting through photography, video and live-streaming on her social media platforms.
Local Special Education teacher and Indian Rangoli sand artist, Madhu, is also missing the physical workshops and lessons she runs, “When I saw that BEMAC were launching their Creative Booster Pack, my eyes lit up. I thought finally I’m able to do something from home. For me it’s not about the money, it’s more about giving me something to feel happy about. Mentally, art is the thing that keeps you happy. A kind of food for the soul.” said Madhu who often combines her passions of teaching and sand art with her students and hopes to make videos of creating her sand art for people to watch online, and if given the chance, stream online workshops for children and adults also.
BEMAC is looking for more creatives, like Ronelle and Madhu, to tell their stories through their art forms and showcase their creative projects online. “This could be in the form of song writing, writing a play, a short story, creative work, building a website, shooting a short film, creating a visual artwork, creating a public art Marquette, it could be any creative idea really.” Says Ant.
“At a time when everyone is so heavily engaging with digital content online, it’s the perfect time for local artists and arts workers to bring their new projects to life and promote them online to potential new audiences. And that’s exactly what BEMAC can help with right now. As well as funding, our creative team can help support and mentor artists, help them navigate further arts funding avenues, collaborate with other artists, and help them with digital marketing and social media promotion.”
To be eligible for BEMAC’s Creative Booster Packs, your creative idea should be new, can be completed in a two-week time frame, and delivered in your home or studio based in Logan or Ipswich with video documentation so your art can be shared far and wide. For terms and conditions and to apply, visit www.bit.ly/BEMACbooster