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Art project gains momentum

A NEW project centred on the creation of public art for and with the community is gaining momentum on the Eastern Shore.

The Clarence Plains Art Project brings together and forges a stronger connection between the communities of Glebe Hill, Rokeby, Clarendon Vale and Oakdowns through the power of participation, expression and ownership, and contributing to a shared sense of pride in Clarence Plains.

Spearheaded by One Community Together, the project is being delivered with funding assistance from Clarence City Council and a $68,300 grant from the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The art project will consider the rich history of Clarence Plains and celebrate the resilience and strength of the people who live there, as well as community leaders and the people who work in the area.

Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke said the Clarence Plains Art Project was a perfect example of organisations working with the local community to reflect and build on an area’s identity.

“Through engagement with the local community in every step of the project – from development through to production and exhibition – these artworks will be made for the community, with the community,” she said.

“All the artwork will be focused on the place and shared stories from the past and present, as well as reflect a sense of confidence in the future.

“In addition to beautifying the public spaces in Clarence Plains, the project will draw on the skills and talents of local residents and hopefully become a feature of the area that people can be proud of.

“The Tasmanian Community Fund is pleased to be involved in this exciting project for the Clarence Plains community.”

Hobart-based design company Futago has been engaged to bring its expertise in public art and communication design to the project.

Futago is working with One Community Together teams to obtain community input for artwork that will help positively shape the future identity of the Clarence Plains area.

The project is running sessions to hear from people about the unique places, where art might go, hidden stories, and what makes Clarence Plains a great place.

Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman said he was looking forward to seeing what came out of the project.

“I strongly encourage as many people to get involved by contributing their ideas to create something that reflects the people and the area of Clarence Plains,” he said.

The Tasmanian Community Fund was established in 1999 following the sale of the Trust Bank.

An independent funding body, the Fund provides grants to community organisations that make a difference by improving the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of the Tasmanian community.

Members of the community are asked to keep an eye out for opportunities to add their voice, or make comment on the project, as well as follow what’s happening via Instagram @clarenceplainsartproject or Facebook.com/clarenceplainsartproject/

More information on One Community Together can be found at www.onecommunitytogether.org.au

For more information on how to apply for TCF grants and to view grant recipients, visit www.tascomfund.org

Caption: Local community members putting pen to paper for a good cause.