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Authurs of Flora Captured (Back row): Annette Chappell, Bronwyn Blaiklock, Melissa Watts
Christine Pearse, Ash Leonard, Pamela Miller, Jessica Armstrong, Claire Biscombe. Front
row: Marlene Tozer, Julie Mahnken, Caroline Turner-Booth, Wendy McKay-Taylor
Flora Captured is a unique anthology of new
works by local writers who have found their
inspiration in images in the Art Gallery of
Ballarat exhibition, Capturing Flora: 300 years of
Australian botanical art.
This book is the culmination of a two-month
collaborative project between local not-for-profit
organisation Ballarat Writers Inc., the University of
Ballarat and the Art Gallery of Ballarat.
Local writers undertook an intensive workshop
in ekphrastic writing -- that is, writing that
comments on another art form. At the publication's
launch, its authors lead the audience on a roving
recital through the exhibition, reading their works in
front of the art that inspired them.
In exciting news, two of the poems from Flora
Captured will be published in the November
and December editions of the national art journal,
Flora Captured, featuring all the poems and
the corresponding artworks, is available from
the Gallery Shop.
The 2012 Preserving Our Heritage Together grants
have been awarded to a selection of exciting and
innovative residential and commercial projects.
Grants were approved for the following residences:
• 197 Albert Street, Sebastopol: $3,000
• 122 Victoria Street, Ballarat East: $3,000
• 329 High Street, Learmonth: $3,000
• 406 Windemere Street South,
Ballarat Central: $2,500
• 19 Nightingale Street, Newington: $2,500
• 434 Creswick Road, Ballarat Central: $2,000
• 611 Lydiard Street North,
Soldiers Hill: $2,000
• 316 Ligar Street, Soldiers Hill: $1,000
• 848 Tait St, Bonshaw: $1,000
Grants were also awarded to:
• Old Colonists Association (not-for-profit):
• Regent Hotel, 201 Mair Street (commercial):
A Ballarat Heritage Restoration Loan of $150,000
was also allocated to the reinstatement of the
Regent Hotel verandah.
In total, 43 applications were received requesting
$134, 631 in grant funding for total projects
costing more than $570,000. The grant numbers
demonstrate the significant economic and building
activity generated locally by the conservation of
The City of Ballarat thanks the volunteer team
of the Ballarat Heritage Advisory Committee for
developing and assessing the Grants Program.
Heritage works at this residence (before and after) were completed
with a City of Ballarat Preserving Our Heritage Together grant, and
Ballarat's Avenue of Honour will be reconnected
and restored to its original design for the
100th anniversary of Gallipoli in 2015.
Last month, the Federal Government pledged
$1 million to install boom gates and a level
crossing, connecting the 22km Avenue for the
first time since it was separated at Burrumbeet
by the Western Highway bypass in 1993.
The Avenue of Honour Committee has
passionately advocated for the reconnection of
the Avenue for many years.
The Avenue of Honour is a living tribute to the
Ballarat men and women who served in World
War I. The Avenue and the Arch of Victory are
both heritage-listed by the Australian Heritage
Commission and the National Trust of Australia
(Victoria) and are included on the Victorian
The Ballarat Avenue of Honour Rail Crossing
Reopening project is scheduled for completion
Art from Art
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