Create: Inspiring Creativity
Resources, activities and events that encourage self-expression, creative thinking and problem solving - inspiring new ways of perceiving the world.
Key Achievements for 2017-18
Comic Con-versation was held for a second year at Stanton Library. We launched the festival at Brett Whiteley Place with a special appearance by Batman! The caped crusader appeared alongside his Batmobile and was available for photos. There was an opportunity to pose for the artists who were drawing caricature portraits of people as their favourite superhero. Other events included life drawing, comic making, pixel art and a Comics Lounge with artists.
For History Week, staff member and local artist Sandy Shilansky and Stanton Library’s local history Librarians offered two events - A Saturday morning art class which was held on the lawns of Cremorne Point with views looking across the Harbour to Sydney’s most popular icons. The second event, was a unique still-life art class using objects from Stanton Library’s archival collection and held outside in the beautiful Don Bank Muesum garden.
We held our annual presentation night for the Nan Manefield Young Writers Award. Young adults from over 24 schools were represented and prizes totaling more than $3,000 were awarded on the evening, presented by the Mayor, Councillor Jilly Gibson. Will Kostakis acted as master of ceremonies for the evening and it was attended by approximately 150 people, mostly family and friends of the writers. From poems dwelling on the enormity of nature and the universe, to stories about self-perception and the passage of time, the 2017/18 Nan Manefield Young Writers’ Award received some spectacular entries.
Our fun Get Creative evening sessions offered an array of new experiences from button art, knitting for beginners and creative mask making to recycling old packaging and plastic bags to create a soft toy.
For Remembrance day, our Stanton Library Knitters produced a stunning artwork of poppies which was installed for a time at Brett Whiteley Place.
For the Gai-Mariagal Festival, artist Karleen Green showed participants how to use traditional basket weaving methods to make decorative wall designs. We asked Koori Kinnections to run a school holiday activity where the children could learn about Aboriginal culture, including ochre face painting and making canoes.
'Just wanted to say what a wonderful morning it was at Don Bank almost 2 weeks ago, for Heritage Week. Sandy, Shannon, Fiona and the girls made the morning art group so special in the lovely garden. I am sure there will be many more opportunities for events in the future' - Barvara (May, 2018)
'The card (bead) making workshop was great fun. Many thanks to Margaret and Jaya. The workshop was extremely well organised with “goodie bags,” examples of completed cards, material, glue etc. Margaret (I believe) sourced the cards so thank you for the time that would have taken – much appreciated.' - Trish (March 2018)
'A little present [cupcakes!] to the amazing librarians at @Stanton_Library to celebrate the completion of my manuscript. Thank you for providing such an awesome place to write over the last few months. Hope you know you are appreciated!'
– Nat (May, 2018)