Dookie Arts has been holding weekly welding workshops to create scultural barbecues for use in October's Dookie Earth arts fiesta.JOHN LEWIS July 22, 2014 3:46am
Sparks have been flying down Dookie way as the town gets ready for a day and night fiesta in the main street later this year.
Flame food barbecues, film projections, music and art displays are planned for a 12-hour arts event in October called Dookie Earthed, Plugged into Art.
Dookie Arts is organising the fiesta event and it is being funded through a Small Towns Transformation grant awarded last year.
In the lead-up to Dookie Earthed, welding workshops are taking place each week at Dookie’s Dow Engineering facilities to develop four sculptural barbecues to be used during the fiesta. Dookie Arts committee member Leiticia Harmer said about 20 people from Dookie and surrounding towns had been meeting every Wednesday evening for a two-hour welding class. Qualified local welders supervise the classes.
Ms Harmer said half the rookie welders were women.
‘‘It’s been great. I was a bit intimidated at first, but I’ve loved it. It’s taken away the fear,’’ she said.
Ms Harmer planned to use her new-found skills at home.
‘‘Look out for new art works in my garden,’’ she said.
Another keen new welder is Cosgrove farmer Monica Sutherland.
‘‘I’ve always wanted to do it. My husband is an experienced welder, but now I’ll be able to make things like garden screens and repair sheepyards myself,’’ she said.
‘‘I was really surprised at what a gentle touch you need. It’s a bit like cake decorating.’’
The welding students have been divided into groups to work on the four barbecue sculptures.
‘‘Everyone is raiding their husband’s sheds for bits and pieces to weld,’’ Ms Sutherland said.
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