One door closes – Swanpool community’s new art venture
COMMUNITY s pi r i t i n Swanpool has always been strong, but in the last five years their efforts in running the Bald Archy Art competition have attracted praise from far and wide.
Unfortunately, new major sponsors of the exhibition have changed the locations where the travelling exhibition will be shown, focusing on major cities to the exclusion of Swanpool and other regional centres.
“The Bald Archy has provided a great morale boost for the Swanpool community,” said Swanpool Arts Festival chairman Barry O’Connor.
“Bigger centres have been astounded by the fact that over 18,000 people have visited the exhibition over the last five years, figures higher than many larger centres and galleries,” he added.
Undaunted by their disappointment, t he good people of Swanpool have gathered to discuss the future – and come up with a bold new plan for an exhibition which will be staged in August.
The community has decided to play its small part in the recycling battle and focus community attention on the issue of waste reduction.
2018 will see the launch of the annual Swanpool Creative Recycled Art Prize, or SCRAP.
Entries of wearable and func- tional items, along with artistic creations using recycled, salvaged or repurposed materials, will be accepted.
The community has ‘put its money where its mouth is’ with the major prize of $3500 being funded by the Swanpool Association with seven other prizes of $500 each covered by donations from local businesses.
The 2018 SCRAP exhibition finalists will be on display in the Swanpool and District Memorial Hall, 2386 Midland Highway, Swanpool from August 4 to 19, open 10am to 4pm each day.
Admission is $5 adults and $2 for students.
As well as SCRAP, the Benalla Camera Club and t he Broken River Painters will also be exhibiting.
The dining room, which has developed a well-earned reputa- tion for fine food and service, will be open each day, offering morning and afternoon teas for $6 and lunches at $12 or $17.
Bookings for the dining room can be made on 0422 370 389 or email swanpoolartsfesti[email protected] gmail.com.
For those wishing to enter their recycled art, forms can be downloaded from www.swanpoolanddistrict.com.au. Entries close 5pm on July 13. For queries or further details contact Arts Festival chairman Barry O’Connor on 0407 266 688 or email bjocon[email protected]tiv8. net.au.
“We urge everyone to get into their shed and create,” said Mr O’Connor.
Given their past triumphs with the Bald Archy, this community will certainly put on a memorable event.
RECYCLED BEAUTY: This artistic bottle by Michael Moerkerk, made from common house keys, is an example of the art that can be created from recycled material. The artist will be exhibiting at Swanpool’s SCRAP exhibition in August.
SCRAP: Swanpool’s Arts Festival committee has undertaken new venture, focusing on recycled art. a