Month of play a great success

Creative Gippsland’s month long celebration of the arts across Gippsland was another great success in its seventh year.

With the theme ‘Come and Play All of May’, the creative program involved workshops, artists in residencies, exhibitions, music, theatre and more.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Jordan Crugnale, said the celebration once again highlighted Gippsland’s artists, as well as art focussed organisations and activities.

“It inspires new ideas, connects artists with local groups and builds on the amazing energy and artistry skills in our area,” Cr Crugnale said.

A highlight of the month was Bass Coast’s very own artist in residence, Ulla Taylor, hosted by the Newhaven Residents Group.

Ulla worked at Grayden’s Reserve in Newhaven and Newhaven Primary School, demonstrating the screeving technique, using the basketball court as her canvas to create a new perspective, with local flora and fauna featuring in the work.

“She has been working with hat on and pastels in hand creating between storms and rain, and I encourage everyone to visit the Reserve to see what she has achieved and take a photo in the rock-pool scene!” Cr Crugnale said.

“Her artwork really is incredible and as many visitors have commented, it has to be seen to be believed!”

The Newhaven Residents’ Group thanked the artist with a celebratory community barbeque recently. For the residents of Newhaven, it is hoped that this will be the start of a discover Newhaven walk.

Ulla is based in Melbourne and has travelled throughout Australia and the world with her art, from Shark Bay to Toronto, Kobe to Klaipeda, and has over 27 years' experience creating public art at grassroots level. You can find out more about her at www.ullart.com.