ENGAGEMENT – ORGANISATIONS WITH PAID STAFF
Redland Art Gallery
From Little Things: Artist books by Robyn Foster and St James Lutheran Community Kindergarten
This collaborative exhibition between local Redlands artist Robyn Foster and children from St James Lutheran Community Kindergarten explored how kindergarten children learn to become members of the wider community outside the home.
Being part of a community gives a sense of belonging, identity, interaction, support and purpose. When thinking about how children interact with their wider community, one constant, aside from family and neighbourhood, is school.
Local Redlands Coast artist Robyn Foster chose to work with images of class photographs from the many Redlands’ schools which have helped to nurture and teach successive generations of Redlanders and provide formative education of community experience and interaction.
The works presented in the exhibition by Robyn are in the form of hanging works and artist books. They are mainly hand-drawn or cyanotype prints, some with hand stitching – mediums which were all available a century ago when the schools were being built by the local community.
As part of the Kindergarten’s current curriculum, the children are exploring how they interact with their wider community. RAG invited the children to further interact and participate with the gallery and be part of this special exhibition through workshops to help draw out their thoughts on how they see their own place in our local community.
As part of the initial stages of the project, 114 children and over 21 staff and parents from the Kindergarten undertook workshops at Redland Art Gallery, with most being a first-time visitor to the gallery. Since the project has wrapped up, increased visitation and return visits from the children and their families on weekends has opened the gallery to a wider audience.
Banner image: 2019 GAMAA trophies created by Queensland artist Lucy Quinn. Photo: Andrea Higgins, courtesy of M&G QLD.