BREC’s in-house artist Nathan Gardiner explores new ideas at Kolyang Creative Hub

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BREC in-house artist Nathan Gardiner.
Camera IconBREC in-house artist Nathan Gardiner. Credit: Supplied/Bunbury Herald

Experimentation, reflection and exploration will be the focus of Bunbury artist Nathan Gardiner’s schedule for the next three-weeks as he joins more than 20 artists from across WA for the Kolyang Creative Hub.

The Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre’s in-house artist is one of two South West creatives to be invited to the seminar, held in Subiaco, which aims to foster critical thinking and develop innovative new ways of working.

Mr Gardiner said the hub is like an incubator for new ideas and provided the opportunity to expand on his own ideas by using techniques from a number of different disciplines.

“It’s amazing because we get to do this for three weeks, they haven’t packed the schedule, because in-between the sessions you get to sit down with other artists and work on other things,” he said.

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“We all have projects we are working on in our own practice so we can kind of talk about those and get other people involved.”

Hosted by national live performance company Performing Lines, KCH 2022 is the third in a series of workshops and focuses on “enabling creative connections and exchanges” within the art sector, which Mr Gardiner said will allow him to bring new ideas to the South West.

“I have already started to devise some workshops that will assist the current program that I am doing,” he said.

“All of the kids in the South West that I teach, they will get the benefit of all of this too.”

Margaret River writer, producer, puppet and theatre maker, Sky River is also currently involved in the hub — which began on August 1 — and Mr Gardiner said a lot of the conversations the artists have had among each other are in-depth and discuss everything from government policy to culture.

“Not a lot of South West artists know about these hubs and I just want to be transparent and highlight that it is not an exclusive situation and people can apply for these things,” he said.

“So many artists work in the community and in community participatory stuff, really we’re just trying to come up with stuff to activate the communities, so people can have a great time with the arts.”

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