With applications now assessed in the Arts About Town grant program, Council can reveal that four artists have been selected as grant recipients.
The Arts About Town grant program invites artists to create temporary and semi-permanent works for public spaces, streets and laneways across the city identified as being in need of transforming and revitalising.
The recipients of the grants this year are the performance group Curious Legends, sculptor Denise Duffy, painter Gretchen McNeill and sculptor Kieran Glasgow, with a total funding amount of around $31,000.
Council’s Place Activation Officer Amber Herrmann says, ‘We had so many great applications come through which was really encouraging. It made it difficult for the panel to choose, but the four we’ve chosen are unique and we’re excited to see how they all come up in the various locations.’
Curious Legends will kick things off when they bring their Halloween themed puppet, lantern and light show to Coffin Lane, Central Maitland, on Saturday 28 October from 7.00pm. Following that, Kieran Glasgow will install his ‘Flying Fox Colony’ sculpture at Rutherford Shopping Precinct, Denise Duffy will hang her recycled plastic inspired ‘Chandeliers’ along the Hunter Riverwalk and Gretchen McNeill will paint her ‘Shadow Trees’ in East Maitland.
‘This is the first time Council has run a program like this and we really want to encourage locals and visitors to Maitland to get out and take a look,’ said Ms Herrmann.
The Arts About Town grant program is part of Council’s Creative Streets initiative, which aims to fund creative projects that bring vibrancy to the city and activate Maitland’s streetscape.
To find out more about Creative Streets, which is part of Council’s wider place activation program, go tomaitland.nsw.gov.au/ResidentsCommunity/creative-streets