The Ration Shed Museum held a 3-day Art workshop for local artists, run by well-known Indigenous Artist Judy Watson. We had over 20 local artists with a variety of talent and ages attending. Judy encouraged artists to experiment with different mediums and ideas. She wanted local artists to try a range of techniques.
Artists started by experimenting with watercolours. Playing with water and paint. Later, she handed out large pieces of raw canvas and charcoal and the artists were encouraged to find and rub textures that they felt had meaning to them. The technique developed and artists then began using layers of paint and ochre, getting ideas from archival photographs and documents to find new forms and ways of composing their artwork.
We are building towards having an exhibition in 2014 in a mainstream gallery and intend to hold more artworks in the New Year. The collection of work is being called, “Rubbing up the Ration Shed”
This workshop was funded by Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport & Arts Queensland.