Tatiara's 'Homegrown' talent to showcase their creativity

GREAT ART: Tatiara District Council's arts and cultural development officer Naomi Fallon next to some of the many great pieces of art on display at the Walkway Gallery.
GREAT ART: Tatiara District Council's arts and cultural development officer Naomi Fallon next to some of the many great pieces of art on display at the Walkway Gallery.

The Tatiara has plenty of homegrown talent, and the Walkway Gallery's newest exhibition will showcase some of the district's youngest artists.

Conveniently titled Homegrown, the exhibition has seen kids under the age of 18 submit their artwork to be displayed at the gallery until October 23.

Tatiara District Council's arts and cultural development officer Naomi Fallon said the exhibition was supposed to coincide with the 2020 Tatiara Masters Games, which was meant to be held in April.

"Originally, we were going to have a show that coincided with the Masters Games," Ms Fallon said.

"Obviously with the cancellation of the Games, we moved the event to later in the year, instead of cancelling it all together.

"It was originally called Homegrown because it was going to be homegrown sporting heroes, so we kind of pivoted it to homegrown artists."

Ms Fallon said the Masters Games was expected to bring plenty of visitors into the region, resulting in the perfect opportunity for plenty of people to view the exhibition.

Regardless of the major sporting event not taking place, it didn't stop the district's young artistic talents from submitting their artwork.

The gallery did an open call to see whether there was any interest in people wanting their artwork displayed at the gallery.

"We did an open call to anyone under 18 to say 'if you want your work in the gallery we will hang it'," Ms Fallon said.

While Ms Fallon knew there were plenty of kids willing to submit their work, nothing prepared her for the sheer amount of art pieces she would receive.

Over the past couple of weeks, the gallery has been inundated with pieces of art, with many of them having a sports or book theme.

"There are some pieces we couldn't physically fit into the gallery - there is one work that is going to be put in the library for that reason," Ms Fallon said.

Ms Fallon said it was great to see so many young artists' work in the gallery, and hopes the local community will show their support.

"Traditionally, when we have held exhibitions that feature kids artwork they have always been happy and fun - the community really celebrates seeing kids art at the gallery," Ms Fallon said.

"We did a big show a couple of years ago called Over the Fence, which was a collaboration between the retirement village and the Carol Murray Children's Centre.

"The kids had this real sense of pride seeing their work on display."

The happiness on the faces of young people who have had their worked displayed at the gallery is infectious.

Ms Fallon said there have been plenty of instances where children have dragged their parents or grandparents into the gallery to point out their work.

Residents are being encouraged to visit the gallery and have a look at the many great pieces of art on display.

Bordertown Primary School, Mundulla Primary School, Carol Murray Children's Centre and the Keith War Memorial Community Centre Kindergarten And Childcare Centre have contributed work.