St Ar­naud’s Tor­ney seeks silo in­put

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Af­ter paint­ing a mu­ral at St Ar­naud’s Royal Ho­tel and cam­paign­ing for the town to be­come a stop on the re­gion’s pop­u­lar Silo Art Trail, artist Kyle Tor­ney has a new chal­lenge.

Tor­ney, born and raised at St Ar­naud, has won a com­mis­sion to paint the town’s si­los through a new St Ar­naud Silo Art Project.

Tor­ney said he would put to­gether sev­eral de­sign op­tions for the si­los, which would then go out to the com­mu­nity for con­sul­ta­tion and vot­ing.

“I’m in­cred­i­bly pas­sion­ate about this project be­ing a born and bred St Ar­naud lo­cal, so it means a lot to be a part of it,” he said.

“The tourism and rev­enue this could gen­er­ate for St Ar­naud would be a mas­sive ben­e­fit to the town, and show ev­ery­one what a great place it is.”

North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil kick-started fund­ing for the $70,000 project with a $20,000 con­tri­bu­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Mer­rilee Reid said the project was more than a year in the mak­ing thanks to St Ar­naud Artspace, which sought do­na­tions and raised money to help reach the tar­get.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited by its po­ten­tial and St Ar­naud Artspace have done a great job in pulling it all to­gether. We’re look­ing for­ward to see­ing the project hope­fully se­cure some fund­ing from the State Gov­ern­ment in the near fu­ture as well,” she said.

Cr Reid said Tor­ney won the op­por­tu­nity to paint the si­los af­ter a re­cent ex­hi­bi­tion in the town and his pop­u­lar mu­ral at the Royal Ho­tel.

“It’s quite unique for a lo­cal artist to be un­der­tak­ing the silo paint­ing, so that makes this par­tic­u­lar project very spe­cial,” she said.

St Ar­naud artist He­len Rigby said April to June was the op­ti­mal time to paint the si­los, due to weather con­di­tions.

“We’re look­ing to in­volve the com­mu­nity as much as pos­si­ble to help us reach our tar­get in time,” she said. “We’ve al­ready had com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions look­ing at com­ing to sup­port this project, but we’re also on the look­out for busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als to get in­volved as spon­sors.

“Not only do we need to have the money for the artist and all the ma­te­ri­als for the three months, but we also need to pay for a cherry picker, pub­lic li­a­bil­ity in­surance, per­mits, tools and equip­ment, ad­ver­tis­ing and more to make it all hap­pen.” Agri­cul­tural busi­ness Ri­d­ley owns the si­los and has given per­mis­sion for the project. Ri­d­ley St Ar­naud site man­ager Shane Cole­man said he looked for­ward to see­ing the project come to fruition.

“It’s go­ing to re­ally ben­e­fit the town so we were more than happy to help the com­mu­nity out in that way,” he said.

Peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in help­ing with the project can mes­sage St Ar­naud Artspace on­line at https://www.face­­e­gory/non­profit-or­ga­ni­za­tion/st-ar naud-artspace-1024713690­981079/.

NEW ART SPACE: From left, North­ern Grampians Shire coun­cil­lor Mer­rilee Reid, Leah Berry, Don Berry, Sally Wright, artist Kyle Tor­ney, mayor Tony Driscoll, Tony Tu­dor and Ri­d­ley St Ar­naud site man­ager Shane Cole­man and He­len Rigby at the site of the St Ar­naud Silo Art Project.

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