26 September 2023

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Large-scale art featuring silos, app trails and open-air galleries is to be created as part of the first round of Creative Victoria’s Creative Activations Fund.

Announced by Creative Victoria, the projects were selected for their potential to become year-round drawcards in St Arnaud, Wedderburn, Picola and Bendigo, while a fifth initiative is set to render Gertrude Street in Fitzroy through the lens of First Peoples.

“Inspired by the success of the Silo Art Trail in the Wimmera Mallee, which has attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors and reinvigorated local towns, the Creative Activations Fund is about harnessing creativity for the benefit of Victorians,” Creative Victoria said.

“Using grain silos as his canvas, artist Kyle Torney will reflect the gold mining history of St Arnaud – the town where six generations of his family has lived,” it said.

“Another silo, in Picola in northern Victoria, will be transformed by Melbourne artist Jimmy Dvate, taking inspiration from the unique wildlife of nearby Barmah National Park – the largest red gum forest in the world.”

Creative Victoria said Artists would create five open-air murals in Wedderburn depicting the birdlife of the surrounding conservation area, a biodiverse habitat for 180 of Australia’s native bird species.

The complete list of Creative Activations Fund recipients can be accessed at this PS News link.

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