Story Arts Festival Ipswich

September 02, 2017

On Saturday evening, the IDTL Network celebrated the launch and exhibition of the last story created by author and illustrator Narelle Oliver (1960 – 2016) at the Ipswich Community Gallery. The exhibition was officially opened by Jennifer Howard MP and followed by a screening of the projections created by students from Bethany Lutheran Primary School and Blair State School inspired by Narelle’s works to be shown on the buildings in the D’Arcy Doyle precinct.

Students and families from our school were present for the opening and enjoyed being photographed with Cecil and were thrilled to see their illustrations projected onto the buildings. Each night following the opening the work will be projected onto buildings after sunset for two weeks.

This innovative project in the arts, gave our students the opportunity to experience authentic arts education that has been able to positively impact on each child and engage our school with the broader community. Thank you to Mrs. Crump, the Year 6 students involved in the project and Lee Fullarton who engaged in this project.

The Exhibition marked the opening of the week long Story Arts Festival Ipswich which has taken place this week. Bethany hosts the IDTL Network Office in our Library Hub with Mrs Michelle Witheyman-Crump and Mrs. Ros Lergestner arranging the event. Jenny Stubbs from Education Queensland coordinated the Festival and the Exhibition. The Network’s publication of the resources book for Book Week produced each year sold to schools across Australia and Overseas funds the Festival. Over 7,500 students attended the festival this week.

It is fantastic to see what is being achieved by the network and it is a privilege for Bethany to be able to take such a role of leadership and support in encouraging in such a concrete way the enthusiasm for literacy in our Ipswich region. Well done, Michelle and Ros!!

Posted on September 07, 2017