Artists’ network forum

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Rockingham Regional Arts president Lorri Skinner with members Margaret Kent and Lynda Smith.
Camera IconRockingham Regional Arts president Lorri Skinner with members Margaret Kent and Lynda Smith. Credit: Pierra Willix

Established as a way to kick-start communication between the extensive art communities in the area, the Rockingham Artist Network is calling for those interested in any forms of art to get involved.

The Rockingham Arts Networking Group is run from Facebook, and is open to any-one interested in art.

The network is a community incentive that connects the artistic community, who often work in isolation.

Members of the group can ask questions and share information about upcoming exhibitions, groups and classes being run and even where to buy certain art supplies.

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Rockingham Regional Arts president Lorri Skinner said there were hundreds of artists in the area, and although many were retired and may not be computer savvy, social media was the best way to connect the wider arts community.

“The artists don’t have a forum where they can communicate with each other and so this is the most effective form of communication,” she said. “Basically the group is all about sharing anything related to art.”

Skinner said assistance was offered to those who may not know how to access the group online.

The existence of the networking group enabled the continued provision of services to the local art community, Skinner said.

“Having the network gives us the ability to capture numbers,” she said.

“If we are all sharing, the arts grow and expands.

“The more artists we know are out there, the more art that is being created, the more facilities we could get.”

Looking forward, Skinner said she hoped the network could bring artists together for collaborations in the near future. “Maybe through a regular local festival, so the community can access and view these very talented artists work,” she said.

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