Council's Creative Streets partnered projects roll out
The first two projects of Council’s Creative Streets grants program, Pandemical Habits and Nest, have rolled out in the last week with more to follow in upcoming months.
The first two projects of Council’s Creative Streets grants program, Pandemical Habits and Nest, have rolled out in the last week with more to follow in upcoming months. Creative Streets is a place activation initiative that sees Council partner with the community to co-create, reimagine and creatively transform places around Maitland through temporary and semi-permanent projects.
The program seeks to promote projects that create places where people feel connected, want to stay longer and have a memorable experience. This year there were two different rounds to this funding – Creative Streets After Dark and Quick Response Creative Streets.
The Creative Streets After Dark grants aims to support projects that contribute to the night time economy in Maitland and help create safer and more enjoyable streets. The first project to be installed through this round is ‘Nest’ by local artist Bridget Taylor and comprises a collection of hanging solar lit nests made from natural and repurposed materials on High Street at The Levee. Further projects will roll out over the coming weeks.
The Quick Response Creative Streets grants form part of Council’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Initiatives and seek to deliver projects that creatively respond to COVID-19. The first of two projects through this round, Pandemical Habits, has now been installed as part of the Walls That Talk exhibition at Maitland City Library. The project celebrates positive stories around local residents who developed new hobbies and skills during lockdown. Developed by Hunter creatives Grace Barnes and Jedidiah Cranfield, Pandemical Habits will also be released as a suite of video’s that tell the story of the newly formed habits over the coming weeks.
Mayor Loretta Baker says ‘we’re so lucky to have so many creative people in Maitland and it’s fantastic that we are partnering with them to bring their work to life on our city’s streets.’
Further projects to be rolled out in the coming months include Josh Andersons’s Shadow of the Day, Stevi Cannon and Peter Sesselman’s ISO Mood and Karri McPherson’s Spatial Radiance with several other projects currently being finalised.
You can keep up to date with current and upcoming projects by following Maitland City Council’s social pages.