Logan Art Gallery mural artist Aunty Peggy Tidyman with Cr Laurie Koranski
A report before last Wednesday’s Logan City Council meeting on Creative city: Logan City Council Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy 2018-2022 details achievements between July 1, 2019 and October 1 this year.
This strategy guides the management and provision of existing arts, culture and heritage activities and sites in the city over the next two years.
It captures exhibitions, displays, performances and public programs across Council venues including Logan City Council Libraries, Logan Art Gallery, Mayes Cottage and Logan Entertainment Centre.
A number of key highlights have been captured under the strategy.
They include Logan Live Music Month and Boost professional development sessions, First 5 Forever, Deadly Digital Indigenous voices: Our Words, Our Stories and the ImagiNation Children’s Festival in 2019.
Also highlighted were the Logan Entertainment Centre refurbishment, Eats & Beats sessions across the city, grants to community for creative projects and public art and park enhancement projects.
The report also outlined how many areas moved to online program delivery during 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.
City Lifestyle Committee Chairperson Laurie Koranski said the strategy not only revealed activities which had been taking place in the city’s creative venues and spaces, it also provided a roadmap to the future.
“It also highlights future plans and ventures such as the Kingston Butter Factory (KBF) cultural precinct.
“This precinct will be a game changer for the city as a community hub for arts, culture and heritage.
“We are looking forward to opening KBF and the impact this will have on Logan’s creative arts and heritage sector.”
Council wants to ensure that the city’s creative industries and activities meet the needs and expectations of local residents and visitors to the region.
These creative industries provide places and spaces for imagination, reflection and innovation, where stories are told and ideas are shared.
One of these spaces is the award-winning Logan Art Gallery.
The gallery last month received a Highly Commended award at the Museums and Galleries National Awards for the Our stories and designs project in the Temporary or Travelling Exhibition Level 1 category.
Our Stories was a significant exhibition of works by Logan Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Kyra Mancktelow, Casey Coolwell, Jessica Skeen-McKinnon, Sally Terare, Sylvia Nakachi, Cara Shields and Kim Williams.
It was held at Logan Art Gallery from October 25 to November 30 last year.