On Sunday 5th November, 2017, the Makers & Artists Mildura Website project was officially launched at the Museum of Innocence in Deakin Avenue, Mildura. The event was a great success, attended by nearly 50 people, including artists, makers, curators and gallery representatives. After welcoming the guests, Jennifer Gadsden, Website Project Coordinator, spoke about how artists and makers could become involved in the project and the benefits that the website provides. A live demonstration of the website followed, with assistance from Web Designer, Ross Taylor. The audience were encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. A networking session with refreshments followed the presentation, followed by a series of guest speakers who provided an outline of the fantastic projects and initiatives coming up in our region over the next 12-18 months, including opportunities for local artists and makers to participate in events, exhibitions, projects and workshops.
A special thank you to Ann Hayward (Gallery F), Krister Jonsson (Arts Mildura), Antonette Zema (Mildura Arts Centre), Julie Chambers (The Art Vault), Dee Craig (Wentworth Makers), Win Moser (ArtRageUs) and Dee Craig on behalf of Anne Hederics (Artback Gallery & Cafe Wentworth) who spoke at the event.
A special thank you also to Domenico de Clario, Museum of Innocence and Mildura Contemporary Practice, for use of the MIM space for the launch and support for the website initiative, and also to Rod Robinson of Northern Mallee Leaders for use of the data projector and screen. Thank you to Shiva Neiker who created a photographic record of the launch event. A big thanks for assistance with catering provided by Ann, Mary, Marianne, Giovanni, Kate and Wendy. This website project has been made possible with support from the Williamson Foundation, Angela Stamos and web designer, Ross Taylor.