This week, Rivendell Students were invited to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) at Circular Quay to participate in artist-led workshops as part of their Bella Program. Established in 1993, the Bella Program provides education and opportunities for people with disabilities with the ethos ‘art is for everyone’. Rivendell students had the opportunity to join with Woniora Road and Centennial Park Schools, where they experienced a day at the gallery, including exhibition tours and art workshops.
Currently on show at the museum is a collection of works by Shaun Gladwell spanning decades of his career titled Pacific Undertow’. His works included paintings, film and photography and students particularly connected with his large scale video installations Storm Sequence, 2000 (pictured below) and Pacific Undertow Sequence (Bondi), 2010.
Both artworks featured the artist as the performer filmed in a single slow sequence, pushing his physical limits whilst being at one with his environment. Students were able to connect with Gladwell’s artwork through discussion and through their own artmaking.
MCA educators provided students with a range of opportunities to explore the Bella Program’s theme of the day ‘About Place’ looking at ideas of movement, self and our local environment. Students created artworks using collage, film and costume.
Rivendell students have been invited back to the MCA later in the term to exhibit work created as part of the Storyweavers ‘My Place, Our Place’ program and we are excited to continue our opportunities to collaborate with Woniora Road and Centennial Park Schools in this project.
After a short walk through the historic streets of The Rocks, we ended our day with a picnic lunch at Observatory Hill and we could not have picked a more beautiful day for it.