Blog for 'Come Out Festival' Web site
by morag cook on November 20th, 2012

This is the latest blog on the Come Out Festival site. The participation form has gone out to the schools and already the schools are expressing their interest in making their gardens. Its so exciting to get to a point where a community is forming around an idea or an event to happen in the future.
We will then take all of the gardens made at the schools and install them at the Festival Centre along the walkways. The Participants will experience this as a big garden gallery on the massive opening day when they all converge on the centre in May next year. 
Lots of planning, meetings and presentations still to do.
I am currently working with DECD (Department for Education and Child Development) to create a blog for all of the schools participating to share their stories and let me keep in the loop about what they are preparing for the event. I love the idea of creating a community online which will meet and share the experience of seeing their work in a different context.
The Future Garden is being born!
Calling all growing Artists:
Let’s make dormant places beautiful.
Let’s make ‘junk’ special again.
And most importantly, let’s grow the future into something magical that we love.

My name is Morag Cook, I am an artist and am also the designer for Come Out Festival. I think artists have the best job in the world. Artists bring communities together, helping people grow and learn, sometimes using sculpture or paintings, but sometimes with a public event or even a garden.

Come Out Festival has given me the challenge of Dreaming the Future.

 When I think of the future, I consider the environment and what kind of place I want to live in and enjoy. I then begin to think about what will happen to everything we have today. 

What will be replaced? What will be thrown away? What will I grow out of? What will I grow tired of? What will I do with all my rubbish? What did my parents and teachers do with all their old and unwanted things and where are they now? Are they all in landfill polluting the environment? How can I reduce my effect on the environment by reusing and recycling my unwanted items? How can I turn them into something else that will make where I live and learn more beautiful places to grow and enjoy? 

 A Special Challenge for Schools - get involved!

My challenge for you is to Dream the Future with me. Imagine if your school was more colourful and beautiful with a place for art that grows thanks to your imagination. Can you think of a place in your school where no one expects a garden to grow made from objects that seem curious, funny or with a secret special meaning to you?

Rather than throwing out old unwanted things, imagine using your incredible imagination and skill with your hands to make something else and give those objects a new life. Something useful that can help us in the future.

What do we need more of in the future? Clean air, fresh water, trees, plants, food, fruit and vegetables? We definitely need less rubbish!

Think about what you might throw away because it no longer works, or is not as good as something new. It might me an old bike? Maybe a TV or computer? Maybe one of your old toys that you don’t play with anymore? Have you ever seen people’s old belongings thrown out on the streets? Maybe that old cupboard or chair could be turned into something new. Maybe rubbish isn’t always what it seems, a pile of junk has the potential to be something creative and beautiful that will grow.

Now it's you turn to imagine and make it come ‘alive’ for your school.

We will be showing you how very soon. Registrations are now open, download and submit your Future Gardens registration form and return it to receive all the information over the coming months including the online Future Gardens workshop in January.

So get dreaming about ‘rubbish’ growing into a Future Garden of your own!

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