Artistic spirits Burns bright at Camperdown

A SERIES of art events will be unveiled at this weekend’s Robert Burns Festival in Camperdown. 

Robbie Burns Festival artist in residence Renae Shadler helps St Patrick’s Primary School pupils (from left) Amelia Horan, 9, Luke Smith, 9, and Angus Routson, 8, with their personal tartan designs. 140617RG12 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Robbie Burns Festival artist in residence Renae Shadler helps St Patrick’s Primary School pupils (from left) Amelia Horan, 9, Luke Smith, 9, and Angus Routson, 8, with their personal tartan designs. 140617RG12 Picture: ROB GUNSTONE

Festival organisers enlisted performer and educator Renae Shadler as an artist in residence in the lead-up to the event, and Shadler in turn enlisted local school pupils, artists and residents to help make the We Art Corangamite project come true.

The project aimed to blend “the region’s rich Scottish heritage and the life and times of Robert Burns” with some key locations within Camperdown that will form the basis of a tour on Saturday as part of the festival.

It’s one of the many key attractions of the festival, which will also feature international guest speaker Jane Brown, who is president of the Robert Burns World Federation.

Corangamite Shire councillor and festival committee chair Ruth Gstrein said it was a coup to secure Ms Brown for the event.

“To attract the interest of the Robert Burns World Federation president highlights the importance of our internationally significant statue and festival,” Cr Gstrein said, referring to Camperdown’s Robert Burns statue which served as an inspiration for the festival.

“We are looking forward to hosting Ms Brown this year and hope she spreads the word to entice more Burns enthusiasts to Corangamite.” 

Ms Brown is a member of the Robert Burns Guild of Speakers and managers the Globe Inn in Dumfries — a location frequented by Burns during his lifetime.

The weekend will also feature a number of cultural and musical events in Camperdown, as well as satellite concerts in Port Campbell and Skipton. 

Head to www.camperdownburnsfestival.com for more information and ticketing details.

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