Creative producers at Maitree House, Peta Khan and Leigh Bramall, have captured multimedia stories through interactions with the St Marys community. They worked closely with the Nepean Arts and Design Centre to mentor students and develop their art projects. They were informed and inspired by stories from the local community. Participating students Annette Bukovinsky, Joel Cooper, Patricia Thomson, Phillip Chaffey andJustin Zennil Bishop, used painting, writing, poetry, sculpture, weaving and digital media for their works.
Other project components of Sharing the Seeds are Conversations at the Vegetable Beds by photographer and community art facilitator Jagath Dheerasekara and I am a Seed, I’m a Small, Small Seed, a video storytelling piece and installation by artist David Ryan.
Parallel to these creative initiatives there has been a number of educational and community gatherings - seed exchange meetings, educational workshops and visits to local gardens. These activities have been supported by the generous exchange of knowledge, expertise and innovative ideas around gardening and sustainability. Partners and collaborators in this process were Mamre House, Permaculture Sydney West, TAFE NSW Western Sydney Institute Nepean Arts and Design Centre and Council.
Th Sharing the Seeds project has generated passionate engagement from the community in responding to local and regional sustainability challenges and demonstrated further opportunities for creative expression and artistic exchange.
Queen Street Riches and Textures 2015 - Sharing the Seeds project was produced at St Marys Corner Community and Cultural Precinct from November 2014 to June 2015. Sharing the Seeds exhibition will be on display at Mamre Festival, Mamre House 181 Mamre Road, Orchard Hills on 25 October 2015 and at Penrith Regional Gallery and The Lewers Bequest from 5 December 2015 to 21 February 2016.