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Published Thursday 24 February 2022
Tags:General, Media Release, Tourism

Calling all artists for Rail Trail project

Calling artists and creatives - expressions of interest are now open for rail trail art.

Artists from across Australia are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) for The Great ARTdoors Project, which will see outdoor art installed at various locations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail between Tallarook and Mansfield.

Following community consultation about the scope of the project in November 2021, we are now looking for artists to be involved in the creation and delivery of the installations.

The Great Victorian Rail Trail is one of the premier rail trail experiences in Victoria, and a stand-out visitor attraction for the north central region. The trail attracts over 130,000 users per year, including cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

The art installations will attract more visitors to the trail and support communities along the trail by building on its reputation as a tourist attraction and recreational space.

Artists and creatives are invited to submit an EOI to be involved in the tender process. EOI from First Nation artists, particularly those with a connection to Taungurung, are encouraged. Installations of differing scales will be commissioned.

More detail about the project, and how you can express your interest in the tender can be found online.

The $1.2 million Great Victorian Rail Trail Art Installation and Signage project is funded by the Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, as part of the COVID-19 tourism stimulus package through Regional Development Victoria.

The Project is being delivered through a partnership between Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell Shire Councils.

Comments from Mitchell Shire Mayor Cr Bill Chisholm

"The Great Victorian Rail Trail is a fantastic attraction for visitors to Mitchell Shire and the region. The art installations have real potential to encourage even more people to visit the region," he said.

"We have many talented local artists in our region and I cannot wait to see their ideas pitched alongside some of the best artists in Australia."

"We are excited about the opportunity to explore ideas from artists across Australia and to see what ideas they have to celebrate the uniqueness of the rail trail and our local connections and stories."

Comments from Murrindindi Shire Mayor Cr Sue Carpenter

"Thanks to everyone who provided input on The Great ARTdoors project in November last year. It was wonderful to see such great ideas and valuable contributions from our communities," she said.

"We are excited to now be seeking Expressions of Interest from artist across Australia to create the installations.

"If you are one of our many talented local artists or creatives, now is your chance to get involved.

"I also encourage community members with artist contacts to share this opportunity with them."

Comments from Mansfield Shire Mayor Cr James Tehan

"The Great Victorian Rail Trail art installation project is a great initiative enhancing our valuable community asset, drawing diverse visitors from across the region," he said.

"Our community have and continue to show great interest, helping to shape this project providing regular feedback.

"Now, we are asking for our artist community to get involved.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase your art and strengthen the Great Victorian Rail Trail."

This page was last updated on 24 February 2022.