Living in the Landscape Public Art Incubator
The Living in the Landscape Public Art Incubator invited artists and/or artist groups to submit expressions of interest to transform three sites in Nillumbik into a creative experience, performance and/or artwork. The Incubator supports professional contemporary artists to create public art projects inspired by Nillumbik's unique landscape and incorporates a community engagement component at Hurstbridge Community Hub, Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre and Nillumbik Community Bus. Four artists were selected and their projects will be undertaken in 2017.
Woven Pods, Gay Chatfield
Local artist Gay Chatfield's Woven Pods are the first temporary public art project. The series of three 1.8-2 metre high pods are located in the grounds of the Hurstbridge Community Hub.
With the help of children from the Hub's Children's Centre the pods were woven using locally sourced plant materials. The pods appear as natural forms that have grown out of the ground, enticing onlookers to interact and connect with them. They can be admired from outside or from within.
The Lace Project, Lindy de Wijn
Lindy de Wijn is a public artist, her large scale lace works draw inspiration from Nillumbik's natural environment with a little help from children from the Hurstbridge Children's Centre, Friends of Diamond Creek-Hurstbridge and community members.
Lindy ran a series of introductory lace classes, participants learned the basics of bobbin lace to create their own lace leaf or bark inspired tape lace. The creations feature in an installation for the foyer of the Hurstbridge Community Hub.
Anonymous Sojourners in the Australian Bush, Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert
Artist, Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert collaborated with St Andrews Men's Shed, St Andrews/Queenstown Historical Society and Wadambuk Arts Group to develop her project Anonymous Sojourners in the Australian Bush. The project draws attention to and reveals the uncommon local history of anonymous Chinese miners who were buried in St Andrews in the 1850s. A series of white lantern-like boat structures is exhibited at the front of Wadambuk Community Centre in recognition of the miners' stories and to symbolize the social conditions of the burgeoning colony.
The Care Taker Is In, Dan Goronszy
Artist Dan Goronszy brought her project The Care Taker Is In to Hurstbridge. The Care Taker sat in a public space and on the Metro Access Community Bus and invited people to anonymously share a care with her. The care was written down and the participant was issued with a receipt for their care. Participants did not receive guidance or counsel.
Dan developed her ephemeral installation titled Freedom Is A Moment, an artwork that uses the sun and shadows as a metaphor for the community's cares and how they shift and alter. Freedom is a Moment is installed in the courtyard of the Hurstbridge Community Hub.