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A welcoming invitation
Visitors arriving into Learmonth are now greeted by a new and cheery
township sign depicting the attractions of the township, thanks to a joint
initiative between Council and the Friends of Learmonth.
The Friends of Learmonth group started following several open community
forums and discussion with residents about how they wanted the town to
grow and develop in partnership with Council.
Keen to take an active part in their community's future growth, Friends
of Learmonth have a number of coordinated, community initiated arts,
community garden, recreation and music projects on the go with the aim
to strengthen, connect and promote the Learmonth community, of which
the installation of new township signs is the first.
The new town signage replaces the Tidy Town Award signs. The Learmonth
community is very proud of these awards however the signs had fallen into
disrepair. Photos have been taken of the Tidy Town signs and they are safely
archived in the Learmonth Historical Society.
The Friends of Learmonth group successfully applied for seed funding to
establish itself through the Councillor Community Fund and through Council's
Community Development Grant Scheme.
In support of the project Council agreed to fund materials to improve
the signage, as part of the Entrance Improvement Strategy, as well as
providing assistance liaising with VicRoads and ensuring all safety and
visual standards were met.
For further information contact Friends of Learmonth Chairperson Liz Charles
on 5343 2554.
Next Gen 2011
Since 1995, the Art Gallery of Ballarat has acknowledged the hard work
and creative endeavour of VCE students from across the region with the
Next Gen exhibition. The 2011 exhibition, which features works from the
VCE classes of 2010, was opened on Friday 11 February.
Next Gen is the only exhibition of VCE students' work outside the Top Arts
and Top Designs exhibitions in Melbourne.
The popularity and importance of Next Gen has grown steadily over the years,
with this year's exhibit drawn from a record 300 applications. It comprises
works by 68 senior secondary students, which will this year be displayed
in the Potter Gallery, the Art Gallery's primary display space for temporary
exhibits. The move to the Potter Gallery is a reflection of the high quality
work submitted by the students.
Visitors will enjoy a dynamic selection of artworks exploring a wide range
of themes such as personal explorations of their inner emotional world to
identity, self-image, the environment, globalisation, social justice and also
their own and other cultures.
The Gallery awards a series of prizes to artists included in the exhibition
and would also like to thank this year's judges, local artist Carole Wilson
and Shelley Hinton, curator of the Arts Academy's Post Office Gallery, and
the many generous organisations that have donated prizes.
A People's Choice Award is also offered, thanks to a new donor this year,
the Ballarat Society of Artists. All those attending the exhibition can cast a
vote for their favourite piece.
The Next Gen exhibition runs until Sunday 3 April 2011. Entry to the Art
Gallery of Ballarat is free. For further information visit www.artgalleryofballarat.
Above: The Friends of Learmonth group with the colourful new entrance signage for
Below: Preview to Next Gen 2011 exhibition at Art Gallery of Ballarat. L-R Judges
Carole Wilson (UB Senior Lecturer in Art), Shelley Hinton (Curator Post Office
Gallery), Cr Mark Harris. Photo courtesy of The Courier
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