Thursday, July 21, 2011

Back to the future

I've just been accepted onto the Public Art Advisory Committee in Banyule for the next three years - it's a voluntary role and one which I'm really looking forward to as it will be fantastic to have input and involvement regarding public art in the area.
McCubbin image via Wikipedia
There is also an umbrella Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee made up of some really dynamic and exciting people and I think the future looks bright for cultural facilities in Banyule.  One of the two proposed developments includes an internationally recognised purpose built gallery in Heidelberg called the Impressionist Laboratory (leveraging Banyule's artistic cultural heritage of the Heidelberg School).  I could never figure out why Banyule didn't have a gallery, and one which focused on the Heidelberg School in particular, so it's great to know there is something in the pipeline although this is likely to be a long term project.
Heidelberg Artists Trail image via Wikipedia
The second proposed development is turning the Banyule Arts Space into the Cultural Vault - a community access space and programming vehicle that creates cultural programs around the city, which would be linked to the Impressionist Laboratory.  A short-term committee has been established to further progress this development and get things happening sooner rather than later so I think it's a really exciting time to live or work in Banyule.  Here's to the future!

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