Kathy teaching 2005
Kathy and Frida at City of Whitehorse Spring Festival 2007
Coming out of Covid, 2020
I discovered Box Hill Community Arts Centre when my good friend Mary Jane Wagenfeld became the Artist in Residence in 1998. I immediately fell in love with the Centre. The large bright studios, the gardens, the windows with views of towering eucalyptus trees and the ambience of creativity and community immediately captured my imagination. I applied for and received a residency the following year.
This Residency came at a very turbulent and busy time in my life and allowed me to collect my thoughts and extend my burgeoning art practice. In the following years I started teaching classes to children, adults and adolescents. One of my favourite classes was the successful and long-standing Recharge Program, monthly Sunday workshops teaching ceramics, visual arts and craft to adults with a disability. This amazing program lasted for more than 17 years and these six-hour sessions were always filled with laughter, joy and produced lots of original and wonderful artwork.
In addition to tutoring I have also been working as an Administration Officer in the Centre for at least ten years now. The office environment is full of committed and talented people dedicated to providing an extensive and inclusive art program for the community. Under the management of Jenni Granger, the Centre expanded its reach through the provision of cultural programs, public art programs and art activities outside the walls of the Centre. The Signal Box Project, workshops at Deakin University, Box Hill Cento and Koonung High School, and the cultural exchange with artists from Timor Leste, are just some of the examples of community art conducted in and for the wider community that I have been involved with as an art tutor and office staff member.
For me Box Hill Community Arts Centre has been a source of inspiration, community and friendship as well as generating an income! Over my twenty years at the Centre I have made friends and contacts that have enriched my life. With these friends I have travelled overseas, exhibited with, visited galleries, worked with, laughed with and shared the ups and downs of life as an artist.
Wattle in the Time of Covid, 2020