New art policy to put Richmond Valley communities on the map
Richmond Valley Councillors made a commitment to provide $25,000 annually to public art and, over time, you will begin to see the blank spaces changing to creative places. However, public art takes time. It’s a long-term strategy which will see projects occurring throughout all towns and villages in our local government area. Council’s commitment to public art is to aid in fostering interest in our vibrant cultural lifestyles, respecting our heritage and welcoming tourism. The program aims to explore Richmond Valley’s identity – the people, places, towns, villages, both past and present, while expressing values, innovation, memory, meaning, creativity and beauty. It is well known public art creates a sense of pride in a community. It can help eliminate crime. It can make those darker and unattractive places we avoid become appealing and inviting.
Council’s public art will feature historical themes significant to the Valley, and highlight significant and iconic landscapes and structures. This sees us start with turning an eyesore in to an eye-catching icon. Very soon, Casino’s water tower, sitting high on the hill, will be the welcoming beacon of light visitors will see when entering our town.
With the help of Arts Northern Rivers, Council is working on commissioning two artists to complete murals on the side walls of the Casino Library and the Centre Street wall of the Casino Memorial Baths. The murals will be themed to suit each asset, such as books and swimming. It will not only highlight the buildings in a fun and interactive way, but also encourage people to identify that they are here for the community.
Call for artists– public art mural
Richmond Valley Council invites mural artists to submit applications for an opportunity to receive one of two mural commissions. The successful mural artist or artistic team will design and paint a mural at either the Casino Memorial Pool or the Casino Library. The mural will reflect the usage of each building whilst encompassing the goal of creating a dynamic gateway through Casino.
Contact: Hayley Hancock on 02 6660 0277 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: 4pm Friday 11 September.
How to apply: Complete the artist submission and address the requirements listed in the below project brief descriptions
We want to put Richmond Valley on the map as one of the tourist destinations for the ‘Big Things’ of Australia. An artist will be commissioned for the ‘Big Surfboard’ or ‘Big Malibu’ to be installed in Evans Head which will not only let visitors know they are swimming at Main Beach, but to also show our appreciation for the historical surf riding culture which resides there. Evans Head will also see plans developed for a sculpture trail along Goanna Headland that will identify with the landscape, as well as with the history and culture of the area.
Looking forward, we see Simpsons Parade as a big blank canvas ready for enthusiastic brushes, or spray cans, and the creative individuals who will colour the walls, introducing an inviting walkway which leads to our CBD or to McAuliffe Park.
We will work closely with the community to identify projects for Coraki, Woodburn and Broadwater which highlight their individual villages. Suggestion boxes will pop up in Casino, Coraki, Broadwater, Evans Head and Woodburn where any one in our community can write down ideas, wants and suggestions.