Mo­saic beauty for Ma­reeba:

Tablelands Advertiser - - LIFESTYLE - An­drea Falvo

A COM­MU­NITY art project aimed at bring­ing to­gether peo­ple of all ages and abil­i­ties is set to help beau­tify Ma­reeba’s Cen­ten­nary Park.

Arts in Mind (AIM) was born out of the de­sire to beau­tify the Far North Queensland town with pub­lic art, while pro­vid­ing cre­ative op­por­tu­ni­ties and so­cial art ini­tia­tives for res­i­dents.

Group mem­ber Lynn Pot­ter said AIM’s vi­sion was to cre­ate a last­ing pub­lic mo­saic art­work in Ma­reeba, pos­si­bly at Cen­ten­nary Park in 2018.

“We chose a mo­saic art project for a num­ber of rea­sons,” she said.

“Mo­saics are per­fect as a pub­lic art­work, they are durable with a long life, they can with­stand all weather con­di­tions, they’re dif­fi­cult to van­dalise and can be eas­ily re­paired.

“When com­pleted, the mo­saic wall will be a bright and at­trac­tive fea­ture of our town.”

AIM re­cently re­ceived fund­ing through the Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund in part­ner­ship with the Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil to run a se­ries of cre­ative work­shops (Stage 1) for com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pants.

The com­pleted pub­lic art (Stage 2) will use colour­ful mo­saic de­signs to make Ma­reeba a more vi­brant place for vis­i­tors, tourists and the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

AIM will run sev­eral work­shops through to Oc­to­ber, in­clud­ing hand-built pottery with Ken Ison, ‘Come Play with Clay’ for cre­ative youths, and mo­saic classes.

Cost is $10 per per­son per work­shop. For de­tails about how to get in­volved visit Arts in Mind Ma­reeba on Face­book. To com­ment on this story: edi­to­rial@table­land­news­pa­pers. face­­land­sad­ver­tiser

Arts in Mind mem­bers took part in a mo­saic work­shop run by Do­minic Johns from Shard­works in Cairns.

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