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STATE RESEARCH FARM SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to capture the never before told social history of the community once living and working on the State Research Farm (SRF) in Werribee, through interviews, memoir, books, images and film.

Did you work at the State Research Farm?

Did you live on the State Research Farm?

If YES, we’d love you to get in touch by emailing hello@artsassist.org.au and share your story by:
🎤 Participating in an interview that will be recorded as an oral history
✏️ Writing up to 500-words that will be collated into a digital memoir
📷 Sharing any photos or memorabilia

Proudly supported by Arts Assist and @wyndham-city

State Research Farm Community @state_research_farm

Image: Children enjoying summer on the State Research Farm, circa mid-1950s

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FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP - Taking your work to the next level with Laura Milke Garner.

Perfect for anyone with an arts practice that's looking for tips and advice to develop a growth strategy.

Laura will cover:
• Establish what your goals are
• How to build on what you have
• Mapping out your next steps

📆 Sunday 03 July 2022
⏰ 10am - 12noon (AEST)
Bookings essential.
🔗 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/taking-your-work-to-the-next-level-with-laura-milke-garner-tickets-370267749807

Presented by @wyndham_city and Arts Assist

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A HUGE CONGRATS to the winners and finalists of the Wyndham Art Prize 2022!

400+ works were submitted, with 80 being shortlisted as finalists, including that of local artist and Arts Assist director @melissa.lazaridis

Melissa is pictured here at the opening night, alongside her work titled "These lands I walk on, 2022", a fabric and soil assemblage.

"This work consists of a sheer fabric cloak. The cloak has many pockets. I returned to many of the places in the area where I enjoyed riding and collected small quantities of the earth. I placed soil in the pockets to reference the weight of shame that I feel about the historical and generational, systemic wrongs that have, and still continue to happen.

My intention with this artwork is to express a form of personal Acknowledgment of Country, to show my respect for the silenced stories of the People of these Lands, that I call home."

Head on down to the Wyndham Art Gallery to view Melissa's artwork plus the artwork of all the finalists, and vote for your favourite in the People's Choice Award. The winning artist scores $2,500! On now until 7 August and best of all, it's FREE!

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We were VERY EXCITED when we heard the news that Arts Assist had been awarded a Large Community Grant by @wyndham_city!

We recently attended a presentation evening, where we received a monster sized cheque! It was a great opportunity to meet Wyndham City Councillors as well so many of the other grant recipients and learn about their fantastic projects, all being rolled out in Wyndham.

Our Large Community Grant will be used for the State Research Farm (SRF) social history project - capturing the never before told history of the community once living and working on the SRF in Werribee, through interviews, memoir, books, images and film. Check out how you can be involved: @state_research_farm

Image (L to R): Mayor Peter Maynard, Cr Susan McIntyre, Rosanna Spanio Program Manager Arts Assist, Jan Goates Chair Arts Assist, Cr Jennie Barrera, Cr Heather Marcus, Cr Robert Szatkowski, Cr Sahana Ramesh
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Got THURSDAY night plans?
Come along to the opening of the Wyndham Art Prize 2022 on 02 June 2022 from 6:30pm at the Wyndham Art Gallery.

Check out the artwork of all the finalists - including painting, drawing, printing, photography, sculpture and video - and celebrate in style as winners are announced.

A special shout out to @melissa.lazaridis, finalist and Arts Assist director!

Free and all welcome.

#wap #wyndhamartprize #artprize #art #artists #localart #wyndham #wyndhamartgallery #werribee @wyndham_city
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STATE RESEARCH FARM SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
We’ve had a great response to a new project that will capture the never before told social history of the community once living and working on the State Research Farm (SRF) in Werribee, through interviews, memoir, books, images and film.

Little of this social history has been recorded, making it vital to capture before the stories held in the memories of past residents and workers are lost forever. The project will celebrate the SRF’s 110th birthday this year.

Did you work at the State Research Farm?

Did you live on the State Research Farm?

If YES, we’d love you to get in touch and share your story by:
🎤 Participating in an interview that will be recorded as an oral history
✏️ Writing up to 500-words that will be collated into a digital memoir
📷 Sharing any photos or memorabilia

Proudly supported by Arts Assist and @wyndham_city

@state_research_farm

Image: From ‘A Guide to the State Research Farm Werribee’, date unknown.
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#StateResearchFarm #ResearchFarm #MonikaSchott #ArtsAssist #Agriculture #Science #Werribee #Victoria #History #MelbourneHistory #Heritage #IndustrialHeritage #OralHistory #SocialHistory
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REGISTRATIONS CLOSE SOON - for this FREE online workshop for creatives! Building Your Arts Business with Laura Milke Garner.

Perfect for anyone with an arts practice that's looking to start and run an art business.

Laura will cover:
• Defining what you do and how you do it
• What is viable to make work as an arts business
• Determine your structure - freelance/contractor or business
• Everything you need to know to set yourself up in the best way

📆 Sunday 29 May 2022
⏰ 10am - 12noon (AEST)
Bookings essential.
🔗 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-your-arts-business-with-laura-milke-garner-tickets-346878281277

Presented by @wyndham_city and Arts Assist

#creativecity #creativeworkshop #creativeworkshops #creativeindustries #wyndhamcreatives #startyourownartbusiness #wyndham
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THIS SUNDAY - Building Your Arts Business with Laura Milke Garner. A FREE online workshop for creatives! Perfect for anyone with an arts practice that's looking to start and run an art business.

Laura will cover:
• Defining what you do and how you do it
• What is viable to make work as an arts business
• Determine your structure - freelance/contractor or business
• Everything you need to know to set yourself up in the best way

📆 Sunday 29 May 2022
⏰ 10am - 12noon (AEST)
Bookings essential.
🔗 https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/building-your-arts-business-with-laura-milke-garner-tickets-346878281277

Presented by @wyndham_city and Arts Assist

#creativecity #creativeworkshop #creativeworkshops #creativeindustries #wyndhamcreatives #startyourownartbusiness #wyndham
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STATE RESEARCH FARM SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
Work is well underway to capture the never before told social history of the community once living and working on the State Research Farm in Werribee, through interviews, memoir, books, images and film.

Did you work at the State Research Farm?

Did you live on the State Research Farm?

If YES, we’d love you to get in touch and share your story by:
‍🎤 Participating in an interview that will be recorded as an oral history
✏️ Writing up to 500-words that will be collated into a digital memoir
📷 Sharing any photos or memorabilia

Proudly supported by Arts Assist and @wyndham_city

Image: State Research Farm from the air, 2021
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@state_research_farm #StateResearchFarm #ResearchFarm #MonikaSchott #ArtsAssist #Agriculture #Science #Werribee #Victoria #History #MelbourneHistory #Heritage #IndustrialHeritage #OralHistory #SocialHistory
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A belated welcome to Arts Assist Director, Melissa Lazaridis!

Melissa has an extensive background across a broad range of art education settings, with many years of experience teaching in secondary, TAFE and adult learning. She has facilitated community projects and enjoys generating positive growth and opportunities for people.

Melissa has recently returned to focussing on practicing art and creative industry. She looks forward to contributing to the growth of arts possibilities and exposure in Wyndham.

Welcome Melissa!

For more details: www.artsassist.org.au/board
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STATE RESEARCH FARM SOCIAL HISTORY PROJECT
Did you know the Victorian government established the State Research Farm in 1912 to boost Victoria's agricultural production and livestock husbandry? It was set up as an institution for research, experimentation and scientific advancement.

The Farm extended over 2000 acres of paddocks with lanes and drains and included a small community of workers and their families living on site.

To keep up to date on the research project, what we uncover, and how you can be involved, follow us on the project socials: @state_research_farm

Proudly supported by Arts Assist and @wyndham_city

Image: Homes on the State Research Farm, Werribee, 1961
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#StateResearchFarm #ResearchFarm #MonikaSchott #ArtsAssist #Agriculture #Science #Werribee #Victoria #History #MelbourneHistory #Heritage #IndustrialHeritage #OralHistory #SocialHistory
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