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A few artists from the GAA were invited to participate in one of a series of workshops being held out at the Cloverdale Community Centre over January. Focusing on youth and producing a temporary sculpture to be place out in the environment, the kids being led by Toni-ann and Glen produced a Day of the Dead Mexican inspired series of artworks including small masks to be placed in and around the neighbourhood as well as a large scale recycled cardbouard robot.

The day was a great success with the kids having a fun time and being proud of what they created. Big Thanks go to Sue Hartigan out at Cloverdale for making this happen.

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Recently, when asked a question about the large graffiti piece that was completed last year or the year before in Police lane in Geelong. I was unable to inform the person enquiring who had undertaken the work. So after searching online and finding out it was not to be found easily. I searched the City of Greater Geelong’s Arts site and the public art section, but again it was not to be found. Considering it was a legal artwork i figured i should do a bit more research and put a name to the artwork and document it as street art by its very nature is often temporary.

Anyway, after a little more effort the artwork is by a Perth artist named Stormie Mills. It was commissioned by the Courthouse Youth Arts Centre and placed on the wall of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre. The title of the work is, ” If you want your children to dance, why do you tie their toes together “. (Dec 2008)

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Today members of the Geelong Arts Alliance ran a workshop at the Fort, a new youth centre in Geelong. The day was a huge success as it was teamed up with an event consisting of six bands that got washed out at the waterfront. The venue saw one or two hundred young people all participating in a very positive day. They went between watching the bands to having a draw on the canvases in the chill out section. And all who took part now have a new ownership of the space when the canvases find a home on the walls of the fOrT.

Images of the four canvases and a few images from the day.

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Breaking News…

Street Salon is a participatory art project in which artists (professional and non-professional) create small artworks for display in a recreated salon in central Geelong. Street Salon is an action celebrating the salon style show  in which  everyone is an artist regardless of style, medium, content or ability. The original salon was a private affair of the cultural elite. Street Salon by contrast is a public event, a democratic mass display of work. All works submitted will be exhibited in Street Salon. None will be rejected.

 Stay tuned to the blog for further details

 

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Where it all started!

Blue Sheep was a pilot by the Geelong Arts Alliance for …such fertile ground… 10 October 1999.

Blue Sheep was the first project by the newly formed Geelong Arts Alliance and also the first pilot of…such fertile ground… a statewide community art project initiated by Regional Arts Victoria. Blue Sheep was conceived as a temporary, site specific work inspired by Geelong’s industrial origins in the wool industry and incorporated the city’s iconic colours. Artist Glenn Romanis developed a design that was a map of the Geelong region/Wathaurong country, with its stylistic origins in the line work of traditional South Eastern Australian Aboriginal Art. Blue Sheep depicts the You Yangs, Corio Bay and the confluence of the Moorabool and Barwon Rivers. But the work also makes reference to contemporary concerns about environmental degradation caused by grazing and genetic engineering. Blue Sheep was recorded as an aerial photograph and reproduced as a postcard in a set of 12 such fertile ground images.

The Blue Sheep workers were supported by a Steering Group and a team of volunteers.

 Artistic Director: Donna Jackson Project

Artist: Glenn Romanis

Community Coordinator: Sue Hartigan

Aerial Photography: Chris Bunston Skyworks

Blue Sheep Steering Group Leanne Stein, Mardi Janetzki, Sue Jones, David Dellafiora, John O’Neil

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