Activation Fund Connecting Communities

Posted 11 June 2020

Activation Fund Connecting Communities

Connecting communities, boosting cultural tourism and creating jobs across Victoria.

The Creative Activation’s Fund has become the launching platform for innovative and ambitious art since 2018, harnessing creativity for the benefit of Victorians.

This year the Victorian Government is supporting the creation of large-scale art featuring silos, app trails and open-air galleries. Five projects were selected for their potential to become year-round drawcards in St Arnaud, Wedderburn, Picola and Bendigo, while a fifth initiative will render Gertrude Street in Fitzroy through the lens of First Peoples.

Using grain silos as his canvas, artist Kyle Torney will reflect the gold mining history of St Arnaud – the town where six generations of his family has lived.

Another silo, in Picola in northern Victoria, will be transformed by Melbourne artist Jimmy Dvate, taking inspiration from the unique wildlife of nearby Barmah National Park – the largest red gum forest in the world.

Artists will create five open-air murals in Wedderburn depicting the birdlife of the surrounding conservation area, a biodiverse habitat for 180 of Australia’s native bird species, 20 of which are listed as endangered.

Bendigo’s old Telstra Exchange and the neighbouring creekbank will be transformed with neon artworks, street art and digital experiences telling the stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung people, the traditional owners of Bendigo.

In Fitzroy, arts organisation Storyscape will create Yalinguth (yesterday), an app-based augmented reality tour of Gertrude Street visiting sites of cultural and historical significance to First Peoples. The project brings together indigenous elders, musicians, poets and other artists including Archie Roach, Jack Charles and Kutcha Edwards.

Applications for round two of the Creative Activations Fund will open in August 2020 and will prioritise projects in the Wimmera Mallee region.

For program guidelines, visit creative.vic.gov.au.

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