Eco-art practice engages participants creatively in response to environmental issues. Eco-art practice is extensive and can include festivals, music, drama, workshops, ephemeral and onsite installations, digital art and applications, sustainability of materials and presentation, upcycling, creative ecological restoration of sites and photography. We design workshops and community engagement approaches for community groups, agencies, schools, community events and individuals.
Eco-Art events provide government and non-profit groups opportunities to engage with the community on environmental issues and science creatively and from different perspectives. Interact offers concept and program development, artist EOI process, grant writing, communication planning, project management and delivery.
The EcoArtBox Project is an example of a collaborative community art installation. The process involves exploration of issues, working together creatively and then sharing artwork in an online gallery via Instagram. Workshops are offered at events such as World Environment Day, the Earth Hour Picnic and the Real Food Festival. Living Smart, Sunshine Coast Council, QLD, Australia.
Participants in The Seed Project use found and natural objects to highlight the uniqueness of Australian flora. Mixed media: repurposed book, stamps, lace, casuarina seed and handmade ceramic tile. Artworks are uploaded into a virtual gallery.
Interact offers a range of community art programs and projects. Our community art process focuses on connection between participants while encouraging people to explore their creativity freely. We couple art practice with good music, food and spaces. Many of our community art projects have environmental themes such as sustainable food choices, recycling and upcycling, growing your own food and local wildlife.
Collaborative mosaics give participants of different skills, ages and interests an opportunity to work together, connect with others, build community and create a valued artwork. Participants: community members, school children, disability care services. Caloundra Community Centre, Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia. Supported by a Sunshine Coast Council RADF grant.
The mosaic snake was created by students from the Lighthouse Unit at Caloundra High School and installed in the community centre permaculture garden. Caloundra Community Centre. Sunshine Coast Council RADF grant 2015.
Preschool and school age children, local neighbours and elderly care residents attended ceramic tile, mosaic and armature workshops to complete this artseat in the Edmund Street neighbourhood park. It features handmade tiles, mosaic, a ciment fondue armature (Elli Schlunke) and a bench (Ross Annels). Supported by a Sunshine Coast Council RADF grant.
We are working with Friends of Little Mountain to create a community art caravan with Meridan College art students, the Caloundra Mens' Shed and local community. This caravan will be restored and retrofitted as an artfully painted and designed caravan for community art events, social enterprise and public engagement. The Interact Photo Project is using the research approach PhotoVoice to encourage participants to photographically document their involvement in the community art process and reflect on the experience. Churches of Christ. Funding: Sunshine Coast Council Community Grant, 2015.