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 creative experiences using performance and/or artwork. The Incubator supported professional contemporary artists to create public art projects inspired by Nillumbik's unique landscape and incorporated a community engagement component at Hurstbridge Community Hub, Wadambuk St Andrews Community Centre and Nillumbik Community Bus. Four artists were selected and their projects were undertaken in 2017.

Woven Pods, Gay Chatfield

Local artist Gay Chatfield's Woven Pods were 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. The pods 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 drew 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 featured in an installation for the foyer of the Hurstbridge Community Hub. Lindy's artworks have now been
de-installed.

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 drew attention to, and revealed, 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 was exhibited at the front of Wadambuk Community Centre in recognition of the miners' stories and to symbolize the social conditions of the burgeoning colony. Tammy's Lantern boats have now been de-installed.

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 used the sun and shadows as a metaphor for the community's cares and how they shift and alter. Freedom is a Moment was installed in the courtyard of the Hurstbridge Community Hub. Freedom is a Moment has now been de-installed.