We recently welcomed new staff to the 12 Buckets team, but sadly, we are also farewelling two long term mentors.
Jacqueline Warrick and Sarah Landro have volunteered their passion, time and skills at Balga and North Balga Primary Schools for several years. Using the lens to facilitate 'creative, compassionate and collaborative learning', they have shared some amazing experiences with the students they've walked alongside:
12 Buckets, for us, has been about connecting with people we would otherwise never meet, and getting to know some great kids. Seeing people learn to love and work with the camera and communicate through photography has probably been the biggest highlight. Personally, we have taken away some really beautiful relationships.
Professional photographers in their own right, Sarah and Jacqui have also founded not-for-profit organisation, Camera Story, which aims to connect people and communities the world over through the power of photography.
They are passionate about empowering those living in under-resourced and vulnerable areas of Perth and remote West Australian communities, and are currently planning further projects in these areas.
Internationally, Camera Story will return to the communities where it all began. The team will revisit Bangladesh and India to encourage the children there in visual literacy, camera skills, creativity and storytelling. These children will also participate in an international cross-culture art exchange, which seeks to share community art across the world and connect people through the power of photography. But more importantly, the photographic art will invite us to look into our families, friends, communities, recognising the similarities between us and people from different places and cultures - and through this act generate human understanding, solidarity and compassion.
We are really sad to say goodbye, but we are also really excited to see what adventures Jacqui and Sarah embark on next, through their work with Camera Story.
If you'd like to stay in touch, or support the work that Camera Story is doing, there are two upcoming events in Perth:
Camera Story are holding their first workshop of the year in partnership with the Perth Centre of Photography (PCP) in West Perth.
The workshops will be held over two days on the weekend of 27 - 28 February to coincide with PCP's current exhibition, The Afronauts, by internationallly acclaimed artist, Christina de Middel. This workshop series will not only teach the participating child camera skills, but how to creatively and appropriately represent themselves and each other through imagery.Your child will come away with an understanding of how to take beautiful, meaningful photographs and the confidence to creative positive imagery.
Ask any of the 12 Buckets students who've worked with Jacqui and Sarah, and I'm sure they'll tell you that this is a not-to-be-missed workshop. Details can be found on the Camera Story website.
Camera Story's biggest news, however, is that it will be holding a Camera Story Showcase on Sunday March 13 at 4 pm in the State Theatre Centre Underground, Perth.
They will be hosting a silent auction with artworks from some of WA's finest emerging and established artists, who have generously donated their work to raise funds for Camera Story International. Contributing artists include: photographer Kevin Ballantine; AIPP Photographer of the Year, James Simmons; Kimberley based artist Katie Breckon; and freelance photographer (and 12 Buckets mentor) Rebecca Mansell.
Of course, you can keep in touch with everything they're up to via the Camera Story website.
Jacqui and Sarah, thanks so much for your contribution to 12 Buckets. You've been an invaluable part of the team and we're going to miss you.