Dear Elders, Artists, Culture Workers, Community, Conservationists, Writers, Designers, Web Builders, Photographers, Volunteers, Businesses, Sponsors, Donors, Councillors and other Creatives
Lines in the Sand 2014 Arts Festival once again celebrated North Stradbroke Island with an interwoven program of art, dance, music, ecology, landscape and people. The three-day Festival was built around artists in residence and included ephemeral art works, music and dance performances, films, family-friendly, nature-based art workshops and an environment forum.
Since its inception in 2011, Lines in the Sand Arts Festival has been an island community celebration, a showcase for local and regional artists, an agent for the revival of traditional crafts, a catalyst to explore and reach new ideas: an inclusive message of love for the environment. We have invested in ideas, passion, wisdom, skill, curiosity, innovation, wonder and creative change, inviting people to connect with real stories locally and to share globally through the digital world.
Lines in the Sand 2014 Arts Festival successfully brought different people together. Islanders, visitors, artists, scientists, families, and especially children. The Festival promotes respect for the island’s environment, peoples and culture. It has provided creative employment opportunities for locals.
Over the four years of our Festival, some memorable highlights have been the first night-time projection into South Gorge; animating Mooloomba Reserve with light and soundscapes; screenings, forums and exhibitions at the North Stradbroke Island Historical Museum; bringing the Queensland Theatre Company and QPAC production of Stradbroke Dreamtime to the island; Nature Art Workshops at the Point Lookout Hall; the island Short Film Premieres of Cameron Costello’s The Hunter, Quandamooka Dreaming stories by artist Sandra Delaney, The Salt Maiden produced by Beverley Callow, and also Something Amazing. In 2012 we published a 40-page publication, Culture+Country/Art+Ecology, and now in 2014 we have curated the Convolution exhibition at the Regional Arts Gallery, Cleveland.
All who have joined us have helped to co-create events embedded in a rich ecology of ideas and collaborations, aligning themselves with moments of imagining, beauty and inspiration.
Social, economic and political changes affect culture and landscape. These dynamic forces are constantly evolving. And in the true spirit of ephemerality, we too are changing. In 2015 we will shift from organising a three-day Festival. Our artists’ residency program will continue, along with a year-round program of public phenomena. We now differ to the inaugural Quandamooka Festival scheduled July – September 2015.
Thank you to all who have helped make Lines in the Sand Arts Festivals remarkable events.
In particular artists, writers, weavers, dancers, printmakers, musicians Clara Durbidge, Sandra Pearce, Jackie Cooper, Sharon Jewell, Pat Zuber, Lisa Behan, Donna Cameron, Renata Buziak, Vicki Kelleher, Anaheke Metua, Vanessa Tomlinson, Nicjolis Ng, Jan Baker Finch, Casselle Mountford, Jennie Truman, musarian Elisabeth Gondwe, island environmentalist Jan Aldenhoven and film makers Brown Cabs, Beverley Callow, Paul Bishop, Sandra Delany, Niki Michail, Cameron Costello, Romaine Moreton and Ryan Griffen.
Photos by Daniel Bunce