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#AliveWithCreativity: Arts in Cardinia

Showcasing the art and artists of Cardinia Shire.

Showcasing the art and artists of Cardinia Shire.

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The exhibition titled Looking Back, Looking Forward: The Art of Cardinia Shire is a collection of visual artworks that are ordinarily housed in various buildings throughout Cardinia Shire and are rarely seen together on public display in an exhibition.  

Artworks in the collection depict a range of local Cardinia Shire landscapes, architecture, flora and fauna, as well as some impressive abstract and still life pieces. 

While we are still physically in isolation this is a perfect time to present this collection virtually; encouraging us to look back on these labours of love from the past, celebrate our wonderful local artists and places, and look forward to the emergence of many new artworks, artists and artforms in the years ahead. 

This exhibition is jointly curated by Cardinia Arts SocietyEmerald Arts Society and Cardinia Shire Council.

If you have a question about any of the artworks featured in this exhibition, please send an email to arts@cardinia.vic.gov.au

If you have questions about the artwork then please contact us so we can start to fill in the 'stories' that relate to the Council's Collection.

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Duration: 3 minutes

The Cardinia Shire community had the opportunity to connect with professional dance, spoken-word and music artists through arts residency approach program.  This video showcases participants of the three arts residencies performing at Cardinia Cultural Centre. It demonstrates the participants commitment and courage to be part of Cardinia’s art journey, ‘making art with communities in communities’.  

This project has been funded through Creative Victoria.

Duration: 5 minutes

The Cardinia Arts Residency Project was all about ‘making art with communities in communities’. This project was designed to engage new people across the three wards of Cardinia Shire with the arts, connecting them with professional artists, and helping to better connect them socially with each other. 

The music residency was developed to provide support to local emerging artists in connecting with professional musicians who could value add to their careers. This project was mentored by three talented musicians, James Seymor, Jarred Young and Tristan Goodall.

This project has been funded through Creative Victoria.

Duration: 5 minutes

Spoken word poetry has a powerful ability to enable self-esteem and self-expression in young people. 

This performance piece was captured as part of the 2019 Cardinia Arts Residency Project. 

The Cardinia Arts Residency Project was all about making art with communities in communities. This project was designed to engage new people across the three wards of Cardinia Shire with the arts, connecting them with professional artists, and helping to better connect them socially with each other.

The African Slam Poetry residency was led by professional artist Wāni Lefrere who worked with African young people in our community through a series of workshops at Cardinia Cultural Centre. 

Participants had the opportunity to work with Wāni to explore new ways of writing, rhythm, rhyme and to build confidence on stage. 

This video shows participants attending a special workshop with international Slam-Poetry artists from South Africa, Xolile Mabuza and Thando Sibanda. Participants were inspired by the powerful presentation by these two amazing artists.

This project was funded through Creative Victoria.


Please note: This video was filmed before the Victorian Government’s coronavirus restrictions were in place.

Duration: 4 minutes 

Present Tense is a performance piece that relates to the immediate and contemporary nature of performance, but also to the power of performance, the power of being on the stage, of being valued and acknowledged.

It was created as part of the 2019 Cardinia Arts Residency Project.

The Cardinia Arts Residency Project was all about making art with communities in communities. This project was designed to engage new people across the three wards of Cardinia Shire with the arts, connecting them with professional artists, and helping to better connect them socially with each other.

The Contemporary Dance For Seniors Residency was one of the projects undertaken to enable more freedom of expression than traditional dance forms.

This project was led by local professional artist Gulsen Ozer.The residency was an opportunity for elders living in Koo Wee Rup area to work with Gulsen to develop a shared practice and to share that practice with the wider community through the creation of a contemporary dance work.

The residency was built on the primary relationships between artist and elders, and aimed to develop a sense of collective. During the residency the participants were committed to attend every week where they formed strong friendship among themselves.

The outcome of this project was to create a dance performance which was powerful and delicate. Seniors have a great presence and their bodies hold so many stories. 

This project was funded through Creative Victoria.


Please note: This video was filmed before the Victorian Government’s coronavirus restrictions were in place.