Planting seed for local climate action

Cr Martin Duke with Arts Development Seed Fund recipients Clare Walton and Maxine Bazeley with child Delfi_.jpg

Artists and community groups with ideas for public art projects that will inspire local climate action are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Arts Development Seed Fund.

The fund returns for a second year, with funding up to $5,000 available for innovative and multidisciplinary public art projects that will benefit the Surf Coast Shire community and seed ideas for local climate action.

Surf Coast Shire Council’s declaration of a climate emergency motivated this year’s theme: Creative Action For The Climate Emergency.

Mayor Rose Hodge was excited for the submission period to start in March.

“This program encourages collaborations between Surf Coast Shire artists, local businesses, schools and community groups,” Cr Hodge said.

“It’s a fitting theme, and we can’t wait to see the ideas come in and hopefully help bring them to life.

“We know there’s a strong desire in the community for support and leadership on tackling climate change. This program is one way we can support our creative community to raise awareness of this global issue.”

Last year’s inaugural Arts Development Seed Fund awarded funding to two projects that aimed to change attitudes to plastic use across the shire.

The public art works were a large-scale mural A Living Entity at Djila Tjarri Skate Park in Torquay, and a sea rope and discarded textile creation To Hell Or Heaven In A Handbasket – showcased at the heritage Footy Shed in Deans Marsh.

Applications for the 2020 Arts Development Seed Fund will open Sunday 1 March and close Tuesday 9 April. First Nations artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

Successful recipients will be announced at a ceremony at Council Chambers mid-year.

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