Linda Rae is a visual artist who thrives on community engagement and capturing stories. So when interactive community arts events were canceled… Linda felt compelled to capture the epic story that was unfolding around us.
Linda Rae captured the Goldfields story of 2020 via Virtual Live Portrait sittings of real-life locals, online on Houseparty while having candid chats with her subjects about how pandemic life changed their world. Friends, family, and the community were invited to drop in to say, ‘Hi’, just like they were wandering past a gritty, live street art performance. They listened in, asked questions, and simply hung out.
Subjects were chosen from a cross-section of our unique community to tell our story from an everyday perspective. The portraits and stories collected from April to Dec 2020 will be produced into a storybook available in collector’s edition hardcover, affordable softcover, and kindle, ready for the final exhibition and book launch in March 2021, with copies donated to Goldfields Historical Society.
Pandemic Portfolio offered an opportunity to stay connected and enable the people of the Goldfields and their international connections to interactively participate in live art at a time when the traditional forms of community arts were taken from us.
It has also captured our story from a unique perspective with candid, real-life experiences shared by everyday people and will preserve it for future generations.
This has been a non-stop 12-month project. The LIVE art funding received from Boulder Rotary Club was greatly appreciated to cover the cost of art materials. All other expenses, time, and passion have been invested by the artist and volunteering subjects and supporters.
It is at this point that Linda Rae asks for your help to assist with the costs of capturing and preserving the artworks and stories into our 2020 Goldfields Story, and to throw a serious book launch and exhibition party. Where we get to meet everyone in the flesh and see all the subjects paired with their paintings because it’s time to make our 2021 arts experiences real and not virtual anymore.
Donations will fund the print setup, exhibition and book launch event costs.
$790 Artwork Photography – by Madison Studio Photography
An AIPP Accredited Professional Photographer. A passionate local to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, who specialises in artwork photography.
$2540 – Book Publishing Setup Package – by Intertype
Australian self-publishing author specialist. Editing review and formatting to create print-ready books in, Limited Edition Hard Cover, Soft Cover, and E-Book.
$3450 Gallery Costs – by Black Crow Studio
Gallery Hire, Professional in-house curation, Event catering, and Bar.
$750 Event Photography – by Ten Sharks Photography
Goldfield’s event photographer hired to capture the opening night and also photograph each subject with their portrait.
$800 Event Videography – by Redcat Media
Goldfield’s videographer hired to capture the opening night and short interviews with the project participants and community.
$300 Event Entertainment – by Marcus McGuire
Goldfield’s singer/songwriter also a fabulous volunteer as the pilot online portrait subject for the birth of Pandemic Portfolio.
$400 Editing support
All funds raised above $8000 and book sales profits will support artist wages valued at $11700 for the 12-month project.