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Calling Artists for Art Commission

Hepburn Shire Council is seeking Expression of Interest (EOI) from artists for a major public art commission at Glenlyon valued at $30,000.

Mayor, Cr Licia Kokocinski said that Council recognises that public art projects have an important role to play in connecting communities.

“Public art and community art projects help to enhance a sense of wellbeing in our communities. It incorporates the arts into everyday life and helps tell stories about place, people, and common values and ideas,” said Cr Licia Kokocinski.

The commission provides an exciting opportunity for local or national artists to develop public art that will enhance the location chosen by the artist at one of four potential sites in Glenlyon, Victoria.

The commission forms part of an ongoing public art program by the Hepburn Shire Council.  Each Ward across the Shire has received a Commission of public art.  Glenlyon will mark the fifth commission in this series. Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee will make recommendations to Council for shortlisted and commissioned artists.

The EOI will close on 10 June 2020 and three shortlisted artists will receive $1,000 to develop their concept to stage two of the Commission selection process.

Current Public Artworks in the Shire: Previous projects were established in Daylesford, Creswick, Clunes and Trentham as part of Council’s annual delivery of major public art commissions.

“Cottage” – Daylesford

“Cottage” was completed in 2015 at Lake Daylesford by local, Glenlyon artist, Jason Waterhouse. The artwork is made of decorative, hand-wrought iron inspired by patterns that can be seen around the town of Daylesford. “Cottage” draws on the architecture of miner’s cottages during the gold rush era. It seeks to remind us of the historical foundations of modern Daylesford.

“My Dearest” – Creswick

“My Dearest” is located in Calembeen Park, Creswick and was completed in late 2016. It is made from concrete and polyurethane by artist, Mark Cuthbertson. The work resembles a cup and ball child’s toy. “My Dearest” references the hardship and loss within families of the gold rush era. The artwork is a symbolic gesture of a sentimental item or cherished keep sake to provoke ideas of connection, loss and memories of the past.

“Inter-stelae” – Trentham

“Inter-stelae” is a monument to cultural presence on an ancient landscape, acknowledging that the site on which it sits is imbued with layers of cultural history and memory. It is a memorial that allows for a re-imagining of the natural environment and an appreciation of a land that is always bigger and older than its occupants.

“Lunaris” – Clunes

Joanne Mott’s artwork considers the site’s relationship with the moon.  To experience the artwork, audiences can explore both the sculptural installation, and augmented reality imagery of the moon using a smart phone or other device.   Drawing on cues from the local environment, such its geological uniqueness and social history, Lunaris considers the site’s relationship with the moon.


For further information on the upcoming commission contact Donna Spiller: Arts, Culture and Reconciliation Officer dspiller@hepburn.vic.gov.au or 5321 6498.