Home' Tennant and District Times : 2018-0202 TDT Contents 4 TENNANT AND DISTRICT TIMES FRIDAY 2 FEBRUARY 2018
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FOR SICK KIDS
While hospital is Ruby’s life, Starlight helps her
laugh and play. Because a healthy dose of happiness
helps sick kids just be kids. That’s the power of happy.
This Starlight Day, Power the Happy for sick kids
and see that money can buy happiness.
ROCK ART: Stencil artist Regan Tamanui (centre) with Kevron and Lebron. NO STRINGS: Rovin Verdillo and Barry Nattrass.
ROCK WITH THE DOC: Jeff McLaughlin, aka Dr Flouride.
SWEET SOUNDS: Participants play their creations.
BARKLY Regional Arts (BRA) has be-
gun the new year with its Arts School
In Residence program running during
the school holidays.
Territory Families approached Barkly
Regional Arts to create a program aimed
at 10-17 years olds for the summer school
holidays, which they green lit and funded at
the end of 2017.
The two programs created were; ‘Rock with
the Doc’ and ‘Pipe Up’ with both programs
having arts as the focus.
Artistic Director, Kathy Burns has had Tash
Evans employed alongside her since the end
of 2017 to coordinate BRA’s event logistics.
This school-holiday program was a fitting
event for Tash to coordinate, considering her
involvement previously on the Chief Minis-
ters Round Table of Young Territorians, was
the 2017 National Youth Ambassador for the
Barkly and a National Indigenous Youth Par-
liamentarian representing Central desert area.
“Its important young people are central to
running young people’s events for relevancy
and showcasing good role models in the re-
gion”, said Kathy.
Rock with the Doc was an introduction to
music with Dr Flouride.
Young people first learnt how to build their
own guitar from kits, which also included
learning how to string and tune their guitar.
Stencil artist, Regan Tamanui arrived back to
Tennant Creek for the design phase where he
taught young people how to create stencils to
personalise their guitar, which had incredible
results. Then they worked with musicians,
Rachel Pelser and Barry Nattrass to learn
how to play basic guitar chords and to string
together songs. The program included a youth
mentoring aspect with drummer, Seth James
selected to work in the program to learn from
Dr Flouride and provide extra support to
Pipe Up focused on stencils and art being
designed on three metre high PVC pipes with
the result being an exhibition display at the
annual Desert Harmony Festival. Regan Ta-
manui kicked off the program teaching how to
make stencils, which worked with an animal
theme and artist Rachel Pelser continued on
the program working with the young people
to stencil them onto the pipes, resulting in a
wonderful display of colour.
Rock with Doc held a showcase on Monday
out the front of the Civic Hall to show off the
guitars and the participants newly learnt guitar
Drummer Seth James held the beat and was
shadowed by Ben Braun on drums while
the rest of the group was backed up on the
musical playground that the Tennant Creek
High School made last year with artist, Steve
“Learning how to build an instrument is a
great foundation for music because if you
can build it you can fix it,” said Dr Flouride.
The program was heavily supported by Alba
Brockie and her Barkly Regional Council
youth team and Stewart Wiley.
This collaboration was highly valued and en-
sured there was adequate supervision of young
people and transport to and from workshops.
This program will continue again in the
April school holidays as we work towards a
‘Battle of the Bands’ type event for National
Barkly Regional Arts encourages young
people to get practicing either as a solo artist
or in a band. More information will be given
over the next few months.
Thank you to Territory Families for their
funding support to make this possible.
Arts School In Residence off to a rocking start
WOMEN from Tennant Creek and
the Barkly region are being called to
help with International Women’s Day
(IWD) celebrations next month.
Each year, local women rally together to
show support for this global event with
marches, breakfast, speeches and exhibitions
highlighting the extraordinary and ongoing
contribution of women to this community.
This year’s theme, Press for Progress, is
about motivating and uniting friends, col-
leagues and whole communities to think,
act and be gender inclusive.
Now, more than ever, there’s a strong,
world-wide call-to-action to press forward
and progress gender parity.
Plans for this year include a march down
the main street on the day, Thursday, 8
March, followed by lunch and speeches at
the Tennant Creek Swimming Pool with both
men and women welcome.
A spokesperson from Barkly Regional
Council, which received a grant from the NT
Government’s Office of Women’s Policy to
hold an event locally, said Council chose to
have a parade down Paterson Street to cel-
ebrate the strength and resilience of all local
women as well as the long journey ahead.
“This is a time not only to reflect on how
far women have come around the world and
in the region, but how far we have to go,”
she said. “Individually, we’re one drop but
together we’re an ocean of change.”
Everyone wishing to take part or contribute
to IWD in Tennant Creek please contact the
Barkly Regional Council’s PR & Events
Officer Ktima Heathcote via email ktima.
email@example.com or call 8962
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