Celebrating Local Artists at WGAC Site

Published on 21 December 2017

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Building site fencing at the West Gippsland Arts Centre upgrade project has been given a new, bright and colourful lease on life now proudly displaying pieces of artwork by local artists.

Council’s Arts and Culture Advisory Committee initiated the display seeing the temporary fences as a great opportunity to showcase our community’s creativity.

The aim is to improve the look of the site as well as to showcase our local talent, particularly with the Queens Baton Relay visiting the town in February. It also complements the improvements to the Civic Park playground, which have attracted so many families in recent weeks.

Over 50 expressions of interest were received for the display, with the artists’ work to be copied and printed onto site shroud mesh.

The production of the panels was done by local signage printers, Drouin Signs.

West Ward Councillor Jessica O’Donnell, who is also Chair of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee, hopes this will give many locals and visitors a chance to enjoy the work of our regional artists in such an accessible space.

“This was a fabulous initiative to put our Shire’s creative face on the site while our major arts space is undergoing its redevelopment”, said Cr O’Donnell.

The exhibiting artists included in the display are Sue Acheson, Russell Lilford, Bec VanDyk, Naomi Duff, Phil Henshall, Chris Cochran, Keith Graham, Jill Harris, Ros Godman, Laurie Wasson, Donna O’Callaghan, Anita George and Nicole Smith.

As a bonus, the site fences on which the works are displayed have been temporarily pushed back towards the building to open up the Civic Place roadway in both directions, for the Christmas Holiday period.

Civic Place will return to a single lane arrangement to accommodate ongoing works from 8 January 2018.

Artists Sue Acheson and Bec Van Dyk stand in front of pop up display, wide shot

Artists Sue Acheson and Bec Van Dyk stand in front of pop up display, close-up shot

Images: Local artists Sue Acheson and Bec Van Dyk whose artwork features in the pop up display.