The City Council are looking to enhance the cultural integrity and visual appeal in the heart of the CBD. So they are calling for expressions of interest from artists to develop contemporary public art works for the footpath on Percy Street and the blank walls on James Street near Ripley Arcade.
Council want to encourage cultural engagement between artists and the wider public, drive tourism and enliven a thriving business district.
“We are seeking either emerging artists to propose a mentorship with an established artist, or an established artist to engage groups within the community for a multi-participatory public art project”, City of Mount Gambier Riddoch Art Gallery Director and Manager of Arts and Culture Dr. Melentie Pandilovski said.
The project aims to create visual and conceptual interest to revitalise and reinvigorate the area and make the city more vibrant and exciting.
“The theme, style and materials used for the installation are open to artistic interpretation. Artworks can be permanent, temporary or ephemeral in nature. The final artworks will be highly visible works of high artistic quality.”
Proposed works should complement the cultural activity at the precinct and acknowledge the area as a site of major local and state significance.
“This project offers an opportunity to embrace a culture of creativity and define and shape landmarks within the city. Bold concepts and novel approaches which reflect and promote the community and/or nurture a community committed to creating a sense of belonging and ownership will be highly regarded.”
“We aim for this project to provide a platform for creative discussion and networking among artists from across generations who work in different mediums and explore diverse cultural interests and contexts through their art,” Dr. Pandilovski said.
If your an artist or know someone who is check out the Percy Street and Ripley Arcade Public Art Project Brief available on the City of Mount Gambier website www.mountgambier.sa.gov.au.
Submissions must be received by 5:00pm on Monday 23nd October, 2017.