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Published Thursday 30 June 2022
Tags:General, Media Release, Tourism

The Great ARTdoors secures artists and locations

Artists have been appointed to create art installations along the Great Victorian Rail Trail and art location sites have been selected including Tallarook at the start of the trail and a site between Trawool and Granite.

Mick Harding (Ngarga Warendj) has been selected to create a Trail Long series of works. Artists selected to create the seven larger art installations along the trail are:

  • Donna Marcus
  • Yu-Fang Chi
  • Christabel Wigley (Wigley World)
  • Louise Paramor
  • Tai Snaith
  • Cara Johnson
  • Robbie Rowlands

Biographies of the selected artists and a map of the art installation locations at Murrindindi Shire Council's online engagement platform The Loop.

The next phase of the project will see the detailed design for each of the sites finalised in preparation for work on the installations to begin. The works are expected to be installed before the end of April 2023.

Updates will be provided on The Loop engagement platform and social media as the project progresses including some sneak peeks of the works as they develop.

The $1.2 million Great ARTdoors Project is a partnership between Murrindindi, Mansfield and Mitchell Shire Councils, funded through the Victorian Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, as part of the COVID-19 tourism stimulus package through Regional Development Victoria.

Comments from Murrindindi Shire Mayor

The project is aimed at attracting more visitors to the rail trail to support communities along the trail by building its reputation as a premier tourist attraction.

The rail trail is an important part of the tourism offering across the three shires and it is exciting to see the project reach this key milestone.

We worked with the community on the scope of the project late last year, and the three councils have since been working together, along with arts professionals with experience in delivering major public art projects, to get the right artists involved in the creation and delivery of the art installations.

Councillor Sue Carpenter

Comments from Mansfield Shire Mayor

I am pleased with the community consultation process. The 7 locations have been selected from over 50 suggested sites identified during the community consultation phase. These are strategically spaced along the rail trail to encourage visitors to come and explore one section, or all, of the trail.

I would like to extend a big thanks to the Community Reference Group that has helped us find the locations for the larger art installations.

Cr James Tehan

Comments from Mitchell Shire Mayor

It has been wonderful to see so much interest in the project from artists, the community and the partner councils.

This project will help give people another reason to visit the region and follow the trail to see the seven pieces and learn more about the area along the way.

Cr Bill Chisholm

Artist profiles and locations

Biographies of the selected artists and a map of the art installation locations

This page was last updated on 30 June 2022.