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29 October 2018

More than $240,000 has been announced to help local councils in Brimbank, Cardinia, Kingston and Manningham deliver exciting new creative programs for residents of outer metropolitan Melbourne.

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The funding has been delivered through the Creative Suburbs program, an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Creative State strategy. The program supports outer metropolitan councils to undertake new creative projects that give locals opportunities to get involved in high-quality creative experiences on their doorstep.

In the latest round of Creative Suburbs grants, Kingston City Council will receive $65,000 for a project that will create six dynamic contemporary artworks commemorating stories and events that have shaped the area.

Working across performance, music, craft, installation and video, six contemporary artists will work with local community groups to develop projects that retell Kingston’s history in exciting new ways. The Victorian artists who will lead the creation of the artworks include curators David Cross and Cameron Bishop along with video artist, sculptor and animator Laresa Kosloff, ‘craftivist’ Tal Fitzpatrick, curator and artist Spiros Panagirakis, multidisciplinary collective Field Theory, painter, sculptor and performance artist Shane McGrath and conceptual artist Steven Rhall.

Brimbank City Council will receive $50,000 to stage the Be Bold Arts Festival in October 2019.

Centred around the St Albans Community Centre and Bowery Theatre, the festival will feature art and fashion exhibitions and events developed through a series of workshops that will bring professional artists together with community members of all ages.

The council will deliver the festival in partnership with Western Edge Youth Arts, Arts Access Victoria, local schools and Kontiki Women’s Empowerment, and will engage artists including fashion stylist and creative director Ntombi Moyo; artist, designer and RMIT Fashion and Design lecturer Adele Varcoe, and All The Queens Men – a company with extensive history creating ground-breaking new work in partnership with communities across Australia.

In Cardinia Shire, a $64,940 grant will support the launch of a suite of creative programs that will bring community members together with professional dancers, spoken word artists and musicians.

Community members can look forward to a contemporary dance program that will invite local senior citizens to participate in weekly dance workshops; a slam poetry and performance program in partnership with Afri-Aus Care, that will see local youth from African communities working with professional writers and performers; and a songwriting and recording program in partnership with 3MDR community radio where local musicians and groups will work alongside professional musicians and sound engineers to create, rehearse and record music.

Finally, $65,000 will go to Manningham Council to support Far Flung, a pilot project that will use the art of ceramics to help local multi-generational families tell their stories and learn new skills.

Recognising the rich history of ceramics across Asian and Western cultures, the Far Flung project will include a series of workshops with students from Birralee Primary School and professional ceramic artists. RMIT academic and social artist in residence, Dr Tammy Wong Hulbert will be engaged to deliver the project, as well as local ceramic artists Amy Kennedy and Yuso Lee.

The artworks created will be featured in an exhibition at the Manningham Art Gallery, where visitors will be invited to add stories of their own family history and culture.