A NEW program has started at the Horsham Regional Art Gallery which allows people to try different and unique skills, the program is called The Studio.
The workshops are ran by Wimmera specialists and include silver jewellery with Jacqui Wilmore, ceramic jewellery with Kara Gough, yoga with Ali Briggs-Miller, linocut with Kate Wade, Lager and Landscapes with Leanne Onley and iPhone and iPad photography with Robbie Millar.
The Studio will be set up on the ground floor of the gallery, with different workshops being ran in each room over the course of two weeks, starting Friday night.
Art gallery director Adam Harding said The Studio celebrates Wimmera artists.
Mr Harding said The Studio let the art gallery team look at its collection of artwork in a different manner.
“It gave us a chance to show works that we normally don’t get the opportunity to show. We really wanted to experiment with our workshop program and our level of engagement,” he said.
Each room had a different theme to suit the workshop being conducted on the ground floor of the gallery.
“We will be doing workshops downstairs three times a day, during the week. Then those workshops will respond to the new elements we’re presenting,” Mr Harding said.
Mr Harding said The Studio was great because every time people finish they left with a memento.
“It’s a bit like going to the movies, except at the movies you leave with a memory and some sort of popcorn aftertaste,” he said.
Mr Harding said he looked forward to seeing the product of the iPad and iPhone photography workshop.
“It gives people a chance to learn a new skill. Maybe a skill people hadn’t thought they could learn,” he said.
Mr Harding said there was another program being ran called Messy Play. Messy Play was for parents with children under five years old.
The children enjoy art making with art gallery education officer Faith Hardman, while the parent peruses art or joins in with a workshop.
“We have texters, crayons for them to play with and little kids really enjoy cutting up paper,” Ms Hardman said.
“We will have things for kids to stick together as well. It’s creating the idea that the gallery is somewhere that is accessible and people can feel relaxed and comfortable, particularly with kids.”
Ms Hardman said the gallery staff wanted to explore something that hasn’t been seen in the region before.
“There are a lot of outlets for drawing in the community so we are trying to tap into different interests and diversify what people have access to,” she said.
It will run from July 27 to August 10.