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Call for community to help construct a Tepee at COPACC.

by Karen Patterson
Thursday, 16 June, 2016

A tepee-shaped sculpture under construction on the COPACC lawn is grabbing the attention of passers-by and members of the community are starting to drop in and help out.

Deans Marsh artist Veronica Phillips has been commissioned by the arts centre to create the poplar and willow sculpture on the festival’s theme of Shelter.

Mrs Phillips is inviting people of all ages and stages to drop in and help her embellish the walls of the poplar framed structure by weaving willow saplings.

Mrs Phillips will be at work on the project, which uses weed species, from Monday to Friday, June 20-24, between 10am and 3pm.

A keen supporter of community arts projects, Mrs Phillips said she expected the tepee would attract people of all ages and stages.
Mrs Phillips is keen to work with people of all abilities and all ages.

“People can drop in for a half hour or half a day - these workshops are designed to encourage community engagement and inspire the people of Colac and surrounds to take part in a public at work in their town.

“The intention is to encourage people to return and bring friends and family with them. We hope to see school groups coming in too.

“The sculpture will have two doorways, and windows and when it is finished children will be able to play inside,” she said.

“Shelter is designed to be ephemeral, but it will last up to two years and at the end of its life if will be chipped and added to Shire garden beds as compost.”

Centre manager Karen Patterson said CrossXpollinatioN, a partnership between Red Rock Regional Theatre & Gallery and COPACC, was planned to encourage a cross-pollination of established and emerging textile and fibre artists.

“This is our fourth annual CrossXpollinatioN and Veronica’s Shelter is a perfect fit for this year’s theme and to help share knowledge and skills between people who appreciate art and those who love to make art.

“We have a really exciting line-up of artists this year with the exhibitions at COPACC and RRRTAG which open on Saturday, July 2.

“More than 1,000 people came to the fortnight long exhibition at COPACC last year and we can’t wait for people to see the stunning work by Victorian and interstate artists, the wearable art market, and workshops we have lined up for this year."

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 Pictured is Veronica Phillips with Barongarook brothers (from left) Angus, Luca and Tully Borgia, who stopped by to inspect the Tepee.