Curdnatta Art Group giving back to the community

COMMUNITY: The students of Carlton Primary School threw mini gallery openings to celebrate their 'People Together' exhibition at the Platform Gallery.
COMMUNITY: The students of Carlton Primary School threw mini gallery openings to celebrate their 'People Together' exhibition at the Platform Gallery.

Growing success at the Platform Gallery has paved the way for the local community to access funding grants for the arts.

Curdnatta Art Group's Georgie Sharp said it was exciting for the collective to be in a position where they could give back to the community.

"The community are the ones that come in and purchase the artists' work and support us in what we are doing here," she said.

"We have had so much positive feedback about this place and we just want to be able to share it around. It's all about trying to promote art and the benefit of arts in the community.

"We have always got that community aspect to the work but being able to have a bit of funding is just the icing on the cake to be able to go and give back in that way."

Port Augusta Special School and Carlton Primary School submitted an application for funding and both schools have received money from the Art Group to realise school art projects.

The little people of Carlton Primary School produced a big exhibition this week at the Platform Gallery, showcasing their artistic talents.

The 'People Together' exhibition includes 72 pieces of work from five different classes.

The winner from each class will get a $50 arts voucher that they can spend on art supplies of their choice.

Carlton Curriculum Coordinator Sharron Jones said engaging with the arts gives students a creative way to connect with the community.

"It's a creative opportunity for young people to not only express themselves but to see that there are genuine career and study options in an arts focus," she said.

"Gone are the days when we all had to be teachers, nurses or tradesmen/women. The arts is a genuine career choice.

"Many of these young people have really strong connection to their own communities and communities further north and around South Australia."

The Art Group has also been able to support Local art activities through additional funding including the Wednesday evening Drawing Classes with Jan Pana, the recent Stained-Glass workshop and the July photographic exhibition by the local Photographers group.