Albany artist & writer join forces for creative workshop

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Albany artist Pia Sweeting and writer Alan Hancock.
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Albany artist Pia Sweeting and Fremantle writer Alan Hancock will join forces this weekend to bring a one-day creative workshop to the region.

Creatives from the Great Southern will have the chance to exercise their artistic skills in the Draw and Write Together in Albany workshop at the Vancouver Arts Centre on Saturday.

Sweeting is an artist who has worked in a variety of media including ceramics, drawing, painting, photography and multimedia.

Moving to Albany four years ago, she taught ceramics for three years to youth at risk and those on the autism spectrum at the Open Access Art Studio on Prior Road.

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Hancock is a scriptwriter, author and university lecturer in theatre and writing.

His scripts and short fiction have been produced by the ABC, the BBC, and theatre companies.

“We’ll create a space where you can open up your creativity with pictures, words, colour and stories,” he said.

“You’ll learn some straightforward techniques for developing your visual art and story-writing skills, and join in activities that bring the two together.”

Hancock said the course was for seasoned artists and newbies.

“We’ll adopt an approach that treats the work as playfully serious and seriously playful,” he said.

“You’ll have opportunities to share your work, but we won’t spend too much time on criticism or theory.

“Instead, we’ll focus on creating art in both pictures and words.”

For tickets, visit bit.ly/39I4N32.

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