Lets Make a Community Project
Community projects are a fantastic way for people to come together to imagine, build, create and celebrate. Some of the many reasons for holding a community project are; they can tell stories through different art mediums, teach new skills, pass on skills from one person to another, and give people a sense of achievement and ownership.
Sean Manners has facilitated many different community projects. From building Pizza ovens to co-ordinating parades. Building interactive large puppets for special occasions such as Australia Day to mosaics for Neighbourhood Houses. Teaching how to create colourful banners that tell a story to literacy projects.
Why a community arts project?
Arts and good health have proven to be good partners. Engagement in creative activities as part of a community can do the following:
Banners on the Bridge, Deloraine, Tasmania. Project developer/facilitator.
A project imagined for the Tasmanian Craft Fair, Deloraine; the largest working craft fair in the Southern Hemisphere, run by the Rotary Club of Deloraine.
The TCF wanted to create a visual link between the multi venues of the Craft Fair and the town centre, and involve some of the many local community groups. The natural entrance way both ways is the bridge that crosses the Meander river.
Local interested community groups created banners that reflected their community identity. These were flown on the bridge to create an entrance spectacle during the Tasmanian Craft Fair.
Community 2 U. Deloraine, Tasmania. Project developer/facilitator.
A community mosaic connecting local students from Deloraine High School with Deloraine House, a local Neighbourhood House.
Deloraine House wanted a mosaic to add interest to the front of their building, that identified people’s idea of community, and created links with the High School.
Year art 8 students from Deloraine High School designed and made the individual mosaics that were then mounted on the front and side of the building and connected with mosaic lines.
The whole mosaic was inspired by the ‘share’ icon of 3 dots connected by two lines found in many apps and websites.
Homage to the Elements inc. Coordinator/Artist
A large scale outdoor community arts event that was held every two years at Terrigal, on the Central Coast of NSW.
There were two weeks of public workshops in the areas of dance, music, prop-making, flag making, fire-spinning , sound and lighting. “Homage” culminated in a performance held in a natural amphitheatre, with the sea as a backdrop, to an audience of approximately 3000.
26TEN Journal From NOW to the FUTURE. Meander Valley, Tasmania. Joint project developer/facilitator for Libraries Tasmania (LINC)
Sean Manners and Tara Ulbrich believe literacy grows out of our potential for creativity. Thus, to develop capacity in literacy, we need to enhance opportunities for creating.
The “26TEN Journal From NOW to the FUTURE” connected communities to literacy through art with the hands-on experience of creating a unique journal.
Over sixty people, from six smaller communities in the Meander Valley, Tasmania contributed to the final journal, attending workshops in a variety of settings including church halls, fire sheds, cafes, and community halls.
They used scrap-booking techniques, acrostic poetry, and photography to create a unique journal that celebrated life in smaller communities.
Molong Stories, Molong, NSW
Artist in Residence/Project Developer.
A five week Artist in Residence community project, funded by Festivals Australia. Based in Molong, a small town in Central NSW.
Stories from individuals and groups were turned into twenty six large fabric banners. These were designed and painted by the community. They were paraded through the streets during Molong’s inaugural Festival of the Arts and then used to delineate the street.
“One Van” International Puppetry Festival, Blackheath, NSW.
Construction Manager/Puppet Builder.
“Nature Band” was an ensemble of large street puppets built over two months for the opening of the “One Van” International Puppetry Festival in Blackheath, NSW.
Working with designer, Jenny Kee; a resident of the Blue Mountains (NSW), and participants from the local area the large puppets were based upon a mural that had been painted in the town.
Community Pizza Ovens. Meander Valley, Tasmania
Two cob pizza ovens were built by local community members in two community gardens. Each pizza oven was built over two days.
A celebration event was held in each community garden when approximately 100 people came together to make, cook, and eat pizza.
Managed, promoted and facilitated the creation of the ovens and the celebration day.
Devising Celebration: Parade, spectacle and large scale images for celebratory theatre.
My role was initially as part of the technical crew and then as a maker instructing some of the participants in the construction of large shadow puppets and screens. Held in September 1999 this event was run by the Theatre Media Department of Charles Sturt University and led by John Fox and Sue Gill of Welfare State International UK to teach NSW Drama teachers the art of celebration, parade, spectacle and large image’s.
Welfare State International, Ulverston, UK (Leading Community Arts group worldwide)
Invited to teach large and small scale shadow puppetry at their annual summer school in 2001 in Ulverston, England.