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Admire Public Art in Ballarat
Public art in Ballarat is about to have a Renaissance, with the roll out of
six exciting public art projects by the end of October.
Laneways in the Bridge Mall, Lake Wendouree’s Indigenous playspace,
Learmonth and traffic signal boxes across the municipality will all have an
artistic facelift with an array of beautiful pieces including new sculptures
and a painting-based project.
Local indigenous artists Marley Smith and Dianna Nikkelson were
commissioned by Council to create a Bunjil sculpture for Lake Wendouree’s
Indigenous playspace. The Bunjil sculpture is a steel fabricated eagle with
a two-metre wing span.
Three separate sculptural works are also brighting the laneways off Bridge
Drury Lane – created by artists Sue Buchanan and Eli Giannini
Time Lane – created by Jason Waterhouse
Foundr y Lane – created by Brigit Heller
In a unique project, local artists and the community will have the opportunity
to take part in a project to paint 20 traffic signal boxes throughout the City
of Ballarat. The project will be rolled out over the next eight months and will
create opportunities for artists and the broader community. Members of the
public will have the opportunity to submit an expression of interest.
The Learmonth project is a community-based initiative put forward by the
Friends of Learmonth, delivered by local artists Ratartat and funded by
Regional Arts Victoria through the Regional Arts Fund.
The works have all been given the go ahead by City of Ballarat’s Public Art
Advisor y Committee (PAAC) which includes Councillors Mark Harris, Des
Hudson and Samantha McIntosh.
For more information, call Council’s Public Art Project Officer Julie Collins
at 5320 5643.
Be part of Arts Survey 2011
The City of Ballarat is seeking an insight into the arts and cultural life of our
community and we need your thoughts and ideas.
Council’s Arts & Culture team will produce a series of sur veys to create a profile
of arts participants in Ballarat and gauge the levels of engagement with local
artists and arts appreciators in our city.
Destination and Connections Portfolio Councillor Cheryl Bromfield encouraged
residents to take this valuable opportunity to share their opinions on the arts
“The Arts Sur vey 2011 will present Council with essential information to assess
the state of the arts in Ballarat and provide input into strategic planning to
develop a thriving arts sector in our city,” she said.
The Arts Survey 2011 project begins this month. The survey will evaluate
community attitudes towards the arts in Ballarat, promote awareness of Council’s
role in the city’s arts scene and support the planning of future arts community
engagement. From the valuable information, Council will develop a database
for future engagement and communication and a detailed picture of who is
engaged in the arts.
To access the City of Ballarat Arts Sur vey 2011, visit the Arts & Culture page at
Council's website, www.ballarat.vic.gov.au
For more information, call Arts & Culture Business Development Coordinator,
Daniel Henderson at 5320 5188 or email
In Your Opinion...
Are you an artist?
Do you love attending arts and cultural events?
Are the arts an important part of your life?
Whether you answered yes or no, Council wants to hear from you in its
Arts Sur vey 2011.
Below: Cr Cheryl Bromfield and Arts & Culture Business Development Coordinator
Daniel Henderson discuss the City of Ballarat’s Arts Sur vey 2011.
Above: People and Communities Councillor Des Hudson admires the sculpture of
Bunjil at the Lake Wendouree Indigenous Playspace.
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