A locally-created and locally-inspired RMIT public art event will gather the community together at Glenroy, in Melbourne’s north, this weekend.
From screen printing to mobile edible gardens, Gathering Glenroy: An Art Event for the Community will feature a diverse range of artworks, workshops and performances.
The free event on Saturday, 14 November, is a celebration of a successful two-year residency in Glenroy developed and led by artists, local residents and RMIT academics, Shane and Tammy Hulbert.
Supported by RMIT, Moreland Council and the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the Artist Incubator: Glenroy project aimed to increase community engagement through public art in suburbs that have limited access to conventional art activities, such as galleries, museums or institutions.
Associate Professor Shane Hulbert, from RMIT’s School of Art, said: “Each of the artists involved have used the methodology of gathering materials, stories and individuals from the Glenroy area that activate the social, cultural and environmental influences of the community.”
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Artworks and community activities during the two-year project included working with local secondary school students to develop photographic visual diaries, creating projections that merge the early beginnings of Glenroy with iconic architectural sites throughout the area, and running workshops that extracted the local flora to create dyes for wearable garments.
“There’s been a great benefit to the residents in Glenroy,” Hulbert said.
“We are developing a creative awareness and resilience, adaptability and a sense of community identity.”
Events on the day include:
- The Glenroy Projection Screening Room by James Voller
- Sunprint Workshops with Sofi Basseghi
- Nature Screen Printing Workshops and walks with Rebecca Mayo
- Greeting from Glenroy Workshops, where the community will take part in sending postcards featuring images of Glenroy developed during the residency, with artist Phil Edwards
- Mobile Edible Gardens with Rowena Booth and Tammy Hulbert
- The Collected Home with Claire Tracey, working with the community to build a house from materials sourced from the local neighbourhood
- Cook Islanders community dance performance with the Itiki Sports Group of Glenroy
Gathering Glenroy: An Art Event for the Community is at the Wheatsheaf Hub Carpark, 50 Wheatsheaf Rd, Glenroy, on Saturday, 14 November, from 11am to 3pm.
Story: Gosia Kaszubska