Renowned local artist Donna Jackson joins a roll call of 62 artists and creative organisations to receive support through the Victorian Government’s latest round of VicArts grants, which provides employment opportunities for local artists and associated professionals.
Member for Williamstown Wade Noonan has announced a total of $120,000 to Ms Jackson’s Hubcap Productions to support the development and presentation of the Art & Industry Festival’s Outside Gallery project.
“Funding for the light-box exhibition will bring vibrancy and interest to a relatively dull public space. This piece of public art and exhibition will showcase the talent of local artists whilst celebrating our rich and proud industrial history,” Mr Noonan said.
Mr Noonan visited Hubcap Productions to be briefed by Ms Jackson about the program and theme for this year’s Art & Industry Festival and to learn more about the light-box instalment which will be launched in Paine Reserve to coincide with the festival’s opening.
“The Art & Industry Festival will be held over 10 days, between 16-25 November 2018, and feature 20 different events. The festival will open with the Industrial Fashion cabaret/fashion event at Williamstown Town Hall on Friday Nov 16,” Ms Jackson said.
“There will be an event to launch the Light Box Gallery on Saturday Nov 17 and also events in Altona (where we plan to close Pier Street) and feature the work of art Zoya Martin, a series of large scale images in Logan Reserve on the theme of ‘Night Shift’ workers.”
The outdoor gallery is one part of a four-part plan to redesign Paine Reserve in Newport. One of the artists consulted on the project, Bindi Cole Chocka, had the idea of a Light Box Gallery which was then pitched to Creative Victoria in a grant application.
“Bindi will curate the gallery for two years as part of this grant. The first exhibition will be images she has created inspired by the West Gate Bridge. This will compliment an installation she is also doing at the Substation during the festival,” Ms Jackson said.
“The next three exhibitions in the Light Box Gallery will be overseen by Bindi and they will also be industrially themed. Although Bindi is well known for her work on indigenous identity she works across mediums and topics.”
Other local artists who were consulted on the project include Sign-writer Tony Mead and Interior Designer Cara Jones and Architect Tom Bulic. Donna Jackson said there are many artists and musicians who live in the area.
“It is great when we can work together developing the place we live in. There is a lot of energy around Newport and Paine Reserve. I think this reflects an active community who have an interest in industry that reflects the history of the area,” Ms Jackson said.
“I was very pleased to see the State Government through Creative Victoria had seen the exciting work being done by many western suburbs artists and wanted to fund the Art & Industry Festival 2018.”
This round of VicArts grants totals $1,558,560 for projects that will provide employment opportunities for more than 1,500 Victorian artists and associated professionals across the state.
The supported projects reflect the diverse nature of Victoria’s dynamic creative community, and include new exhibitions, theatre and dance works, books of poetry and literature, podcasts and more.