Australian Consul General Launches “Drawing Future” Exhibition

     LOCAL artists, designers and the creative communities came together for the “Charcoal For Children”, a free program designed to empower children through arts and creativity, as well as to raise awareness about the environment through the making and use of DIY charcoal as a creative tool.

      After three successful workshops participated by 103 children, 35 volunteers and 6 artists, the collaborative artworks by the artists and children participants are now displayed in the “Drawing Future” exhibition officiated by the Australian Consul General Dr Helena Studdert on Friday 24th February 2017.

     The Australian Consulate General in Bali is the main partner for the “Charcoal for Children” program, demonstrating their commitment to artistic and cultural development among children in Bali. It is also a show of support to the founders of CushCush Gallery who are Australian alumni benefitted from a quality creative education in RMIT Melbourne.

    CushCush Gallery founder Suriawati hopes that the “Charcoal for Children” program will promote creativity in children by emphasizing on the generation and expression of ideas in a non-evaluative learning framework. She also hopes that creativity will help children to develop their critical thinking and innovative problem-solving skills.

     The six artists who conducted the 3 workshops are I Wayan Sujana ‘Suklu’, Reno Ganesha, Noella Roos, Nyoman Wijaya, Natisa Jones and Budi Agunf Kuswara ‘Kabul’. To them, it is a way to inspire the next generation and give back to the community. The opening of the “Drawing Future” exhibition at CushCush Gallery was attended by approximately 100 guests.

     The exhibition is open to the public and will run from 27 February to 13 May 2017 at CushCush Gallery. Collaborative artworks by the artists and children are sold to raise funds for future “Charcoal for Children” program and LagiLagi projects.

     The next installation of “Charcoal for Children” is scheduled to start in September 2017. Themed “Play Play”, it will consist of 3 workshops designed to ignite the children’s interest in performing arts by using charcoal as a medium. *BTNewspaper/d-e/OZ

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