Creating a sense of place through art
Our commitment to enhancing the natural beauty of our place through public art continues into the new financial year. We’re investing $215,000 into three major projects which will add vibrancy to familiar (and sometimes hidden) locations:
1. Albury Wodonga Arts and Cultural Festival
We’re partnering with the City of Wodonga to launch the first cross-border Arts and Cultural Festival, on the first weekend of March 2020. This four-day event will bring to the region nationally significant artists, showcase local artists and immerse our CBD in music, light, mural art and performance.
2. Murals and street art
Have you noticed the NBN boxes wrapped in artwork throughout the city? This art serves the dual purpose of beautifying our street infrastructure and reducing graffiti. There are currently 34 designs in and around Albury’s CBD which celebrate our history, people and natural environment; from the Pemberton Street box showcasing billycart schoolboy races of the 1950s, to a series of eight graphic novel boxes along Dean Street, written in both English and Wiradjuri language.
In 2019-2020 this project will be extended to Lavington and Thurgoona, engaging more community groups and helping to reduce graffiti in our north side communities.
Also underway are two new murals, for Townsend Street and JC King Park, bringing to life the sporting pursuits of our communities, past and present.
3. Gateway public art commissions
We are making way for our next large-scale public art work, to welcome visitors at one of our major gateways. Over the next 12 months a site will be selected and an artist/design commissioned.
We are delighted that investing in these projects will beautify our spaces, surprise and delight the community, and bring more of our local stories to life.