Since February 2014 a group of enterprising and creative young adults with disabilities from our Transition to Work
(TTW) Program in Bomaderry have been working on a community art project at Callala Beach.
The project was recently completed, adding an artistic dimension to the Myola to Callala Cycle Pathway which is already a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.
The entry point to the Pathway is marked by two vertical structures rising up out of the concrete which display four panels of handmade ceramic mosaic artwork, reflecting the flora and fauna of the local area.
Our TTW participants under the guidance of local Callala artist and EET Trainer Jill Talbot used clay textural pressings from the surface of bloodwood trees, banksias and scribbly gums, then shaping the pressings into images which form the foundation of the composition of each panel.
The group worked in conjunction with Shoalhaven High School students and local artist, Lesley Oliver to design and create mosaic concrete pavers to complement the colours in the handmade panels.
More than fifty people have been involved in the design and production of the structures, and support has been provided by The Callala Beach Progress Association and Shoalhaven City Council.
The project has provided valuable training and experience for many young adults with disabilities from local high schools as they gain skills in research, ceramics, tiling, grouting, teamwork, application and confidence building.
The panels are now placed into permanent position and many visitors to the area stop to have their photographs taken standing next the vibrant and unique ceramic installation.
EET were on hand to see Stage 2 of the Callala Beach to Myola Shared pathway officially opened by Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Joanna Gash and Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock recently. Bomaderry EET staff and participants played a key role in the beautification of the Pathway, contributing a number of amazing Mosaics for users to admire as they travel to and fro. EET was represented at the Opening by TTW Trainer, Jill and Transition to Work participant Gavin.