What: Local artists are invited to attend the vibrant forum ARTALK, which will bring together key stakeholders in the peninsula’s visual arts scene.
Geoff Carson, Manager Libraries Arts and Culture said the ARTALK forum is an opportunity to strengthen connections between artists, community and the Shire. Geoff a keen ceramic artist, will present the Shire’s recently-adopted Arts and Culture strategy ‘A Creative Peninsula’ and will outline the Shire’s long-term vision and plans for arts and cultural development across the Peninsula.
Lynda Newton from Arts & Cultural Services Australia will introduce the Arts & Cultural Facilities Audit & Development Project. The Shire is currently undertaking an assessment of the range of arts and culture facilities on offer on the peninsula. Lynda is keen to capture attendees ideas on what they think are quality arts and cultural facilities.
Mike Green, acclaimed local professional artist, will present his reflections of life as a professional artist at ARTALK. Mike migrated from New Zealand to Australia in 1945 and has had a prolific life as an artist/painter, living and travelling in various places around the world. Throughout his long career Mike has exhibited regularly in group exhibitions and has held many one person exhibitions in Australia and the USA. His work is widely represented in several Australian and American collections and he will discuss what life as a professional artist.
Geoff Carson said the Shire has been working with local artist Cherie Leeden in developing ARTALK, and said the event is a significant opportunity to further engagement between artists, the community and the Shire.
ARTALK will also recognise the importance of arts and culture to our idea of liveable peninsula communities.
“ARTALK complements the Shire’s approach to arts and culture – it’s about working in partnership with local communities and arts sectors to ensure recognition of the sector, and that arts and culture continues to have a positive influence on people’s lives and our Shire as a whole,” he said.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor, Councillor Lynn Bowden, said ARTALK follows successful consultation and engagement activities with the local music sector and the local performing arts sector.
“ARTALK will provide an opportunity to recognize the important work of visual artists within our community, and further enhance the lines of communications between visual artists and the Shire. Communication within the sector, as well as communication between the sector and supporting organisations such as the Shire is so important to continue to foster the active local arts scene on the peninsula. We hope all local visual artists, galleries, studios, businesses and groups involved with visual art will attend ARTALK,” she said.
When: Sunday 8th September 12 noon – 4pm
Where: Mornington Park Pavilion
Cost: $15 per head. Lunch included.
For more information contact: Cherie Leeden on: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0407 362 208.