A flamboyant response to social-distancing!

flamboyance (/flamˈbɔɪəns/) noun:

  1. the tendency to attract attention because of one’s exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.
  2. the quality of being bright, colourful, and very noticeable.
  3. a group of flamingos.

The COVID19 crisis has shaken many in our communities, particularly its Deaf and disabled members. People are feeling alone but fearful of being part of large gatherings.  In response, Access2Arts and fibre artist Richard Boyle (AKA the Gay Hooker) devised an art project that would encourage community participation while maintaining social distancing.

As a participatory-art project, Flamboyance invites participants to create crocheted Flamingos to include in a collaborative exhibition of the work as part of Adelaide’s LGBTIQ+ FEAST Festival. The project seeks to connect people and communities in creating art even while socially distanced as a result of the COVID 19 virus. Using the pattern people are shown how to crochet their own flamingo figure that they can send to Access2Arts to include in an installation that showcases the community’s Flamboyance (FYI – The collective noun to describe a gathering of flamingos is “flamboyance”). The flamingos were designed to be quick to make, easy to post and use a small amount of materials.

Working from crochet pattern created by Richard we invite people to come together and crochet their own flamingo to mail to Access2Arts. These contributions will ‘flock’ together to create an exhibition of fibre flamingos to be shown in the Adelaide City Library in November as part of the 2020 Feast Festival.

DOWNLOAD a flamingo pattern using Australian/UK  stitch terms HERE (pdf, 1MB)

DOWNLOAD a flamingo pattern using US stitch terms  HERE (pdf, 975kb)

To find out more or to register your interest in being part of the Flamboyance participatory art project, email your name, address and a contact phone number to flamboyance@access2arts.org.au, or download a pattern and get your flamboyance on. 

Flamboyance is supported by the Adelaide City Library, as part of the Feast Festival. City of Adelaide, City Library logo The Feast Festival Logo

Program Launch: Mental Health Week 2020!

Our friends at the Mental Health Coalition of South Australia (MHCSA) have launched their program for Mental Health Week 2020! This year, Mental Health Week will be taking place from October 10 to 17 2020. 

Some of the events taking place this Mental Health week include:

Artists In Conversation: Live Interview at City Library
When:  Saturday, 26 September 2020
Access2Arts is thrilled to be partnering with MHCSA and mindshare  to host exciting creative conversations for the general public, interviewing local artists with lived experience of mental illness, and reflecting on creativity and community for wellbeing. 
Audio & Transcription Online from October

mindshare Instagram Takeovers
When: 10-17 October 2020
make sure you follow @mindshare.sa on Instagram! You’ll be able to tune into our interactive Instagram takeovers by local lived experience ambassadors and mindshare artists all Mental Health Week.

Poetry For The Terrified: Zoom Workshop
When: Saturday, 10 October 2020. From 2pm-4pm
Poetry can be a powerful form of self-expression and is a great way to support wellbeing—improving mood, strengthening cognitive health and fostering positive self-reflection. This year, mindshare is hosting an online poetry workshop led by spoken word legends Alison Paradoxx and Wallis Prophet.

Intrigued? Check out the full program on MHCSA’s website!