Renovating the future of The Lost Art
From the 20th of October, The Lost Art Studio has been going through some serious changes; one of which being the near complete renovation of the space that they now call home. Through the hard work of Reece Tee, Kyle Edgar, Kevin Holdbrook, Gerard Bell, The Lost Art is going through the processes of becoming a fully functional, sleek workspace for our local talent and job seekers.
The Lost Art is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. The Queensland Government’s investment in the arts through the Arts Infrastructure Fund is to deliver vibrant and accessible arts and cultural experiences for all Queenslanders. Now, they look forward to a future of a lasting creative asset— a space that can be used as refuge, respite and creative leatherworking projects for job seekers and disadvantaged groups. Through this space, those at The Lost Art are able to craft leather handbags/satchels, purses, key chains, whips and much more in the ease of a well structured workspace.
Job seekers involved in the community job program in Blackall were guided in the renovation of The Lost Art’s new headquarters, which can be found at 91, Shamrock Street, Blackall. As a part of their duties, job seekers were given the opportunity to not only learn some hands-on skills that comprises the renovation, but to help create a lasting workspace in which many of Blackall’s leather goods can be made. In helping renovate this space, job seekers gave back to the community in establishing a cleaner, safer work environment for leather-crafters and local talent.
Involved in the renovation is a new kitchen, complete with countertops, facilities and new floorboards. A new sink and oven is to be installed in the near future, as well as a new fridge by licensed professionals with the aid of our local job seekers. Included in the renovations is also a complete revamp of the buildings back outside area, and a fresh coat of paint will be applied to the inside studio.
The Lost Art is a social enterprise that actively supports job seekers, promoting social inclusion for disadvantaged groups and education in traditional bush leatherworking. The Lost Art is proud to present its line of hand made products made by its local volunteers, with all profits used to fund further local projects. Through the sales of The Lost Art’s crafts, we can develop our regional communities social and artistic wellness further into the future.
In creating workshops like The Lost Art, we are enabling communities to develop a self-help model by providing creative engagement, social networking and a safe environment for expression. The outcome is a sustainable future in local souvenir production and a steady development in local tourism.
From us at Red Ridge and The Lost Art community, thank you for supporting our trade and our culture through the purchasing of our crafts.