New addition set to grow Silo Art Trail

Silo Art Trail: St Arnaud grain silos to be transformed through Creative Activations Fund

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St Arnaud and Wedderburn projects are two of five art pieces funded through the state government.

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A NEW piece of silo art is on its way to the Wimmera, Victoria.

Artist Kyle Torney will use grain silos at St Arnaud as his canvas to reflect the gold mining history of the town.

Six generations of Torney's family have lived in the town.

The silos artwork is one of five art projects funded through the state government's Creative Activations Fund.

Creative industries minister Martin Foley said the fund provided grants of up to $550,000 to back innovative and ambitious art.

"We're proud to back the world-class creative teams - and the communities - behind these bold projects," he said.

"This program is all about how creativity can activate, stimulate and amplify local tourism, businesses and jobs - and this is more important than ever. I look forward to seeing this first crop of projects come to life."

Projects in Wedderburn, Picola, Bendigo and Fitzroy will also be completed.

Wedderburn's project will see artists create five open-air murals depicting the birdlife in the area.

This program is all about how creativity can activate, stimulate and amplify local tourism, businesses and jobs - and this is more important than ever - Martin Foley, creative industries minister

The biodiverse habitat is home to 180 of Australia's native bird species, 20 of which are listed as endangered.

The five projects were selected for their potential to become drawcards for each community. It follows the success communities had with the Silo Art Trail in the Wimmera-Mallee.

The Silo Art Trail started in 2015 and includes sites at Brim, Rupanyup, Sheep Hills, Rosebery, Patchewollock, Lascelles and Nullawil.

Since then, painted silos have popped up right across Australia.

Painting of silos at Kaniva and Serviceton was set to start in March but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artwork on a Goroke silo is also planned.

Regional development minister Jaclyn Symes said the projects would provide more reasons to explore regional Victoria.

"They'll provide a critical boost to local economies and communities, kickstarting our visitor economy when it is safe to do so," she said.

Jimmy Dvate will work on a silo in Picola, northern Victoria, and feature wildlife from the Barmah National Park.

In Bendigo, a wall of the city's old Telstra Exchange will be transformed. Neon artworks, street art and digital experiences will combine on the wall and neighbouring creek bank to tell stories of the Dja Dja Wurrung people.

EARLIER ART: Artist Tim Bowtell has almost completed the Colbinabbin Silo Art project.

EARLIER ART: Artist Tim Bowtell has almost completed the Colbinabbin Silo Art project.

In Fitzroy, arts organisation Storyscape will create Yalinguth (yesterday), an app-based augmented reality tour of Gertrude Street visiting sites of cultural and historical significance to First Peoples.

A state government spokesperson said applications for round two of the Creative Activations Fund would open in August and would prioritise projects in the Wimmera-Mallee.

The spokesperson said people could visit creative.vic.gov.au for program guidelines.

The story New addition set to grow Silo Art Trail first appeared on The Wimmera Mail-Times.

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