A streetwise Ti­rau hangs art out­doors

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA MCLEAY

Art and his­toric pho­tographs line the foot­path, trans­form­ing Ti­rau’s main street into an out­door gallery – part of the Ti­rau Foot­path Gallery Project

The dis­play, hung dur­ing the past month, is a per­ma­nent fix­ture and can been seen out­side shops in­clud­ing the Mer­chant of Ti­rau, Cab­bage Tree Cafe and I Spy Books.

Ti­rau project mem­ber Pat East­wood said the idea of an out­door gallery orig­i­nated from some­thing she saw in Aus­tralia.

‘‘I was do­ing a river walk near Mel­bourne and there was a framed pic­ture on the foot­path. Some­one had painted the pic­ture look­ing across the river from the spot [the paint­ing] was sit­ting in,’’ Ms East­wood said. ‘‘I saw it and thought that would be a great idea to do in the whole town and is a way to hon­our artists.’’

A Ti­rau Foot­path Gallery Project com­pe­ti­tion was cre­ated in 2004 and held an­nu­ally un­til 2009.

Artists who en­tered had to sit in pub­lic for a week­end paint­ing or draw­ing some­thing that re­lated to the small arty town.

The win­ning en­try from each year has been re­pro­duced and com­bined in one frame.

The win­ners in­clude Rachel Rat­ten 2004, Julie Oliver 2005, He­len Wal­lace-ward 2006, Gra­ham Wine 2007, Gavin Smith 2008 and Jes­sica Mcverry 2009.

The his­toric pho­tos of Ti­rau were supplied by Ti­rau His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety mem­ber Peter Gray and a num­ber of fam­i­lies in the area. Pho­tog­ra­pher War­ren Lee worked to im­prove the qual­ity of the im­ages ready for print.

‘‘We have put 12 up around Ti­rau and we have three more wait­ing to go. Once we are able to raise more funds we want to put up more, which will take the to­tal to about 25 photo boards around town,’’ Mr Lee said.

Ti­rau Ox­ford Gallery owner and project team mem­ber Heather Leonard said she was thrilled with the out­come.

‘‘It is a great thing for this town. It looks good and the frames have come up nicely. We want peo­ple to be able to walk through and en­joy what we have put up,’’ she said.

The orig­i­nal Foot­path Gallery Project art will be sold in a silent auc­tion and can be seen at Art on Main in Ti­rau.

Out­door gallery: A his­toric pic­ture dis­play of Ti­rau out­side the Cab­bage Tree Cafe in Ti­rau.

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