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Calling all local artists - $7000 public art commission

19 August 2020

Hamilton Gallery and the Greater Hamilton Library are seeking expressions of interest (EOI) for a $7000 public art mural to activate and support the local arts community during this difficult time. The artwork will be developed for a 10metre length of wall at the entry to the Hamilton Gallery and Hamilton Library.

Gallery Director, Joshua White said while there is no specific theme or design in mind for the commission, it should foster community pride.

“Now more than ever, we need the arts to bring optimism and happiness. We know artists everywhere are having a hard time, this is just one way the Gallery, Library and Council are supporting the local arts, while strengthening our cultural identity.

“The sculptural works by artist Ian Bow that have been on the wall for many years, have recently been removed for a much needed rest and conservation work. They will go on exhibition next year for the Gallery’s 60th Anniversary,” Mr White said.

“Southern Grampians Shire has a significant number of public artworks and this will add to the assortment. The work will be positioned outside the entrance to the Gallery and Library. We are seeking a big, bold, high-quality artwork to reflect these important cultural facilities and to represent our strong local arts scene,” Mr White said.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Director of Planning and Development, Andrew Goodsell said this commission demonstrates Council’s commitment to activation of public spaces.

“We recognise that cultural projects such as this develop our community’s sense of place, identity and pride. They activate spaces and help to enrich our lives. During a time of hardship, these projects can help a community to feel connected,” Mr Goodsell said.

Applications for the EOI close on 30 August, 5pm. Council is seeking the installation of the work to occur in mid-September. For further details and an application form please visit the Gallery website.

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