City of Karratha

Vast includes community involvement

06 Sep 2017

The Vast Project Community Access Day will see six community workshops included as part of its first creative session at Cossack in September.

The access lineup includes sessions on songwriting, music careers and Lutherie as well as a meet and greet chat with Vast artists and crew.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said the community workshops were a unique opportunity for local residents to learn from some of the best creative minds in today’s Australian arts scene.

“This is a chance for our community to see The Vast Project in action, meet some of the participating artists and be inspired by their stories,” Cr Long said.

“These sessions will provide local music and art enthusiasts with a chance to learn and create right alongside nationally acclaimed artists. They can ask questions, share experiences and gain insight into life in the industry,” he said. 

“The Vast Project is the brainchild of project leaders Jae Laffer and Qynn Beardman and takes the Pilbara one-step closer to becoming renowned as one of regional Australia’s richest artistic hubs.”

Funded by the City of Karratha, The Vast Project will bring over 25 local and nationally acclaimed artists to work on an album, film and variety of visual arts at Cossack in September.

The residency will culminate in a body of work planned for performance and exhibition as part of the opening celebrations of the Red Earth Arts Precinct in 2018.

The Vast Project is a unique opportunity for the community to meet and work with some of Australia’s foremost artists, enhancing their own skills and knowledge, building capacity throughout the community.

Artists present at the workshops will be: Scott Wise, Rowena Wise, Jae Laffer, Olympia, Aimee Chapman, Qynn Beardman, Lis Johnson and Baby Guerilla.

The Vast Project Community Access Day will take place on Sunday 10 September from 9am. To register your interest to attend one of these sessions please email

Please note that not all Vast artists will be at Cossack for the Community Access Day. Only those advertised will be available. For full details visit