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    INSPIRED: Max Wieland, 4, is proud to have his work on display at Ararat Gallery TAMA.

Young artists showcase at TAMA

An art project featuring the work of Ararat children will be a feature of the town’s art gallery for the next two months.  

Ararat Gallery TAMA has established a dedicated art space to showcase 16 butterfly creations from Ararat Early Learning Centre artists. 

Centre owner Kerrie Turner said the children were learning about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly in term one, which inspired ‘The Butterfly Project’.

“The project started because one of our early learning childhood teachers had monarch butterfly eggs laid in her backyard and she brought the plant to the centre,” she said.

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“From there the children were able to observe the butterflies develop through metamorphosis, starting with some little eggs, then caterpillars, to a chrysalis and finally an adult butterfly.

“We incorporated a song about butterflies so the children could learn what metamorphosis was and see it in action.

“We gave the children the opportunity to create their own butterflies out of recycled materials.”

Ms Turner said the project received a positive response from families and the wider community, with students encouraging their families to visit the gallery.

“Each and every creation is unique. The children know exactly which piece is theirs and had a chance to share their own interpretation of a butterfly. They look absolutely amazing,” she said.

“It is so imperative that children are exposed to the arts at a young age because it is a way of being creative. 

“Children are so different in their personalities and can be so creative – it is important for their overall development.”

Ararat Rural City Council chief executive Tim Harrison said he was pleased to see the enthusiasm for the project, demonstrating people were drawn to Ararat stories and creativity.

“I’d like to thank the gallery staff for their initiative to create a new space to support community art,” he said. 

“To complement its regular program, the gallery will partner with schools and local groups to create new artworks and projects that showcase their talents throughout the year.

“With current exhibits celebrating our rich wool heritage and the creativity and talent of our young people, we are showcasing Ararat as a proud, inclusive and vibrant community.”

The Butterfly Project is on display until July 25.  

Ararat Gallery TAMA is working on a process to formally receive expressions of interests for a community wall. To keep updated, people can visit or email

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