Not Just for Arts Sake

St. Kilda, March 2005
Community Arts Working and Thinking
Presented in partnership witb Port Phillip Community Group, Borderlands Co-operative and Port Phillip Council.

In sharp contrast to our talkfest at the Fourth Pillar conference in November, this event was a very hands-on arts experience with lots of workshops, showings, exhibitions and opportunities to participate in the making of art. More than 120 artists, artsworkers, community and health workers attended this stimulating day held in the charming environment of the St Kilda Town Hall. Some highlights: Arnold Zable’s story of his meeting in a remote Chinese mountain village with a hospitable old man who spoke no English, the parade of the giant-sized Weedy Sea Dragon led by Indonesian and Korean drummers, music from the BiPolar Bears, drinks and nibble and lots of lively conversation. Articles based on presentations at that conference have been published in the Winter issue of the New Community Quarterly.