Green light for valley art trail project

An artist-in-residence will be appointed to get creative and lead discussions with our community on developing a concept plan for a Ferguson Valley Public Art Trail after Council agreed at its September meeting to formally accept a State Government Creative Communities Covid-19 Recovery Grant for $62,653.

The public art trail project is all part of a Shire of Dardanup commitment to increasing community participation in, and connection with the arts.

The trail would contribute to well-established work by the Dardanup Arts Spectacular to create an arts buzz in the community and provide a connection to the new high-profile Wellington Dam mural in nearby Wellington Forest.

Shire President Mick Bennett thanked the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and Lotterywest, for the grant contribution.

The Shire of Dardanup was advised of the successful outcome of its grant application on August 31 by Tourism, Culture and Arts Minister David Templeton.

“The resulting Ferguson Valley Public Art Trail will not only create another drawcard for visitors to our region but allows us to celebrate the unique stories of our community through the arts,” Cr Bennett said.

Consultation by the Shire of Dardanup with the Dardanup Advisory Group, Ferguson Valley Advisory Group, Ferguson Valley Marketing Association and Dardanup Arts Spectacular revealed strong support for the establishment of a Ferguson Valley Public Art Trail.

The Shire will now seek quotations from local, state and national artists and art consultants interested in leading the project.

The artist in residence will be required to consult with a wide range of community and sporting groups and stakeholders to create a concept design for one mural artwork that will form part of the art trail.

Installation of the first mural will also covered by the project funding.

Artists, arts consultants, and community members interested in being involved should contact Lucy Owen-Conway at records@dardanup.wa.gov.au.