Relief for artists

VINCENT’S public art reserve is being opened up to support artists suffering through the Covid-19 shutdown.

The reserve’s been built up over years by contributions from developers, who have to set aside one per cent of their budget for public art, and the council’s now given the ok to use the entire $500,000 for an artist relief project.

Grants of up to $10,000 are available and works can be any artform as long as it’s free to the public to access.

Mayor Emma Cole says Vincent’s arts community makes the city unique, inspiring and connected.

“Artists have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, with physical distancing leading to event and project cancellations, loss of income and loss of job security,” Ms Cole said.

“We are in the fortunate position of having a reserve arts budget to draw on to provide some relief for our local artists during this really tough time.

“We’re keen for artists to consider the social impact of the pandemic through the theme ‘individual and community experiences of Covid-19’.

“The pieces that are produced will provide artistic reflection for the wider community while documenting this time of Covid-19 for years to come.”

Selections will be made by a working group of councillors and city staff.

At the March special council meeting Highgate resident Dudley Maier queried why there were no community members with relevant expertise on the group.

He was told his question would be considered.

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