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City of Ballarat Community Magazine February 2011
Ballarat Digital Odyssey
In December last year Ballarat was fortunate to host Digital Odyssey, a
national tour by internationally recognised artist Craig Walsh. Craig is known
for the creation of large scale digital imagery projected onto and in response
to existing environments.
Ballarat was the only Victorian city Craig visited and was chosen as part
of the tour thanks to a successful bid by Council's Arts and Culture unit.
Craig's visit to Ballarat is part of a two year Australian residency where he
will visit 11 communities presenting public programs and the large scale
public projection works for which he is renowned.
A weekend master class also enabled eight emerging regional digital artists
to have one-on-one time with one of the world's leading artists in an intensive
Organised by the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney and facilitated
by Council's Arts and Culture unit, Craig and his partner, artist Hiromi
Tango worked with local artists and community members to develop and
present large scale public projection artworks in response to local stories,
architecture and landscape.
Approximately 500 people gathered in Alfred Deakin Place on Wednesday
29 December to see some of the work that had been generated during
his stay in Ballarat, including the "Home Project", which saw enormous
images projected onto buildings in Alfred Deakin Place with a soundscape
and interviews recorded by a broad range of Ballarat people describing
what home meant to them.
The large images projected onto buildings in Camp Street provided a
wonderful snapshot of a creative Ballarat community. The Ballarat interviews
and images will be collated into a nation wide project about what 'Home'
means to Australians that Craig Walsh will present at the conclusion of the
Digital Odyssey project.
Free buses bring children
and art together
An initiative of Council's Arts and Culture team could see an influx of regional
students enjoying and celebrating Ballarat's major cultural institutions.
In an attempt to help overcome some of the cost barriers facing regional
and rural schools in accessing high quality arts and cultural assets, a trial
program of subsidised buses will bring students from regional areas to
enjoy and use the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
The program, called the ArtLink Schools Access Program, will be trialled
this year. The subsidised transport to and from the Gallery by participating
schools would be provided partly with in-kind sponsorship from local bus
If successful, the Gallery aims to build on the trial with a more developed
program which would also entail a range of activities offered by local artists
programming for school students. This increased activity at the Art Gallery of
Ballarat would be supported by the Localities Enhancing Arts Participation
(LEAP) program funded by VicHealth.
It is hoped that this program, which could involve other local government
areas in the region, could serve as a model that can be adopted by other
Selected schools will receive information early in the school year about how
to participate in the ArtLink Schools Access Program. For further information
contact the Art Gallery of Ballarat on 5320 5858.
Below: Ballarat resident Katrina Burns enjoys an evening of outdoor video
projections by internationally recognised Australian video artist Craig Walsh
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