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 will run a series of introductory lace classes, participants will learn the basics of bobbin lace to create their own lace leaf or bark inspired tape lace. The creations will feature in an installation for the foyer of the Hurstbridge Community Hub from late November for around one month.
Anonymous Sojourners in the Australian Bush, Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert
Artist, Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert is collaborating 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 is an installation work at the Wadambuk Community Centre, drawing attention to and revealing an uncommon local history of anonymous Chinese miners who were buried in St Andrews in the 1850s. A series of white lantern-like boat structures will be exhibited in recognition of their stories and to symbolize the social conditions of the burgeoning colony.
The Care Taker Is In, Dan Goronszy
Artist Dan Goronszy will be coming to Hurstbridge with her project The Care Taker Is In. The Care Taker will sit in a public space, she will invite people to sit down and anonymously share a care with her. The care will be written down and the participant will be issued with a receipt for their care. Participants will not receive guidance or counsel.
Dan will develop ephemeral installation pieces and facilitate a showing of the Museum of Cares which she will leave behind in the Hurstbridge community.