BEDFORDALE textile art pioneer Trudi Pollard has been named the first festival artist for the inaugural Armadale Arts Festival, which started on Friday.
Pollard has lived and worked in Bedfordale for more than 30 years and has been working, studying, lecturing and teaching in textile arts and ceramics for more than 40 years.
She exhibits locally, nationally and internationally, has won many awards and her work is held in both public and private collections worldwide.
Her work has a strong focus on colour, locally derived from the earth’s minerals and plants, and using designs and techniques that reflect primitive and contemporary art.
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said Pollard’s commitment to artistic inspiration and her dedication as a community arts facilitator made her an obvious choice as the inaugural festival artist.
“Having lived in Bedfordale for more than 30 years, Trudi is a passionate cultural leader who empowers our own and other communities to be strong and creative,” he said.
“She is the ideal role model as we embark on one of Armadale’s most exciting art projects to date, the Armadale Arts Festival.”
The festival will run over 17 days, with 30 events showcasing a wide range of high quality talent coming from the region.
Cr Zelones said the City was proud to support the festival and said it would provide a platform to develop and inspire more creative community activities now and into the future.
“I believe one of the indicators of a thriving community is evidence of creative expression,” he said.
“Art brings our community closer and whether it’s painting, photography, music, dance, writing or performance, the importance of arts and creative activities to the development and wellbeing of our city and its residents can never be underestimated,” he said.
“The Armadale Arts Festival celebrates our community’s diversity and the fantastic talent that we have residing in this area.
“This exciting program of events will have something for everyone.”
For booking details visit City of Armadale.