Age no Barrier to Beautiful Art

When it comes to creating beautiful artwork, age is no barrier.

This is especially true for a talented group known as the Murrumbidgee Arts Kinship Enterprise (MAKE).

They are part of Murrumbidgee Council’s Creative Ageing Program, which started with a short-term arts project funded by a Country Arts Support Program (CASP) grant acquired by Waddi Housing.

It was supported by Western Riverina Arts and delivered by Council’s very own talented artist, Kerri Weymouth.

The group enjoyed the creative expression and kinship so much they now meet every Friday at Waddi Housing in Darlington Point.

Most recently the group has been working on a project called Warangesda - Deep Waters, which will be exhibited at the Griffith Regional Art Gallery on Friday 16 June.

But before they do, MAKE will hold a preview exhibition at Rivadestra in Darlington Point on Friday 9 June. The exhibition will be opened by Griffith Regional Art Gallery Co-ordinator Ray Wholohan.

Inspiration for the exhibition, the Warangesda Aboriginal Mission, existed on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River from 1880 to 1924.

Murrumbidgee Council General Manager Craig Moffitt said he was glad to see some of the region’s rich Indigenous heritage inspiring locals.

“It is wonderful to know that the talents of our residents will be put on show for everyone to enjoy,” he said.

“Council’s Creative Ageing Program is an opportunity for some of our older residents to connect and take part in activities that will no doubt enrich their lives.

“I urge everyone to attend either of the upcoming exhibitions.”

Wagga based artist Melanie Evans has been working with the group to put together their art pieces for the exhibition.

Council’s Creative Ageing Program also includes Ukulele lessons with Peter Taylor and Seniors Exercise and Movement classes with Faye Walsh.

The program is open to all Murrumbidgee Council Community Service clients, but if residents are not registered they can apply through My Aged Care (MAC) www.myagedcare.gov.au

The arts program is an extension of the Respite Group and community transport is available to any client wishing to attend.

-Seniors Exercise Class Wednesdays at the Community Hall Coleambally at 10.30am

- Ukulele Lessons Mondays at the Coleambally Community Hall at 10.30am

-Art Group Fridays at Waddi Housing Darlington Point at 10.30am