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KIDS CRAFT AT HOME: Lenny keeps busy with Easter crafts at home as part of the Riddoch Art Gallery’s digital program.

MOUNT Gambier’s iconic Riddoch Art Gallery has adapted to COVID-19 restrictions by producing a digital program to retain cultural connection with the community.

Riddoch at Home will feature online craft workshops and access to templates, profiling of local artists, content shared from current exhibitions and the stories of the esteemed Riddoch collection.

Council arts and culture development officer Serena Wong said the digital public program was launched in response to the current circumstances involving social distancing and isolation guidelines.

“We know in times of crisis and difficulty finding small things that can improve your current circumstances are not trivial,” Ms Wong said.

“Keeping your mind and body busy through creative endeavors are really central to maintaining some kind of equilibrium.”

A different piece from the Riddoch collection will be shared each week with online audiences, while a local artist will also be profiled as part of the cultural complex’s program delivery to both its regular followers and the broader community.

It has been kicked off with Easter-themed craft, with council staff working behind the scenes to create content for the online workshops, developing templates, instructions and pictures.

“The team have responded nimbly to the challenge of online programming, learning new online collaboration skills overnight to work together from our homes to create videos and digital content,” Main Corner coordinator Talie Teakle said.

“There are also things like jewelry making, weaving and other kitchen table craft activities being planned that we look forward to bringing you from our homes to yours.

“We are endeavoring to create positive content that can enrich your day in small or big ways because we recognise that it’s what a lot of people need right now as we face uncertain and difficult times.”

Riddoch at Home programming can be accessed via the Riddoch and Main Corner Complex social media channels and website.

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