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Rural Lifestyle Expo Celebration of Land Art Project Outcome
23 May 2014
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LOCKYER VALLEY LAND ART PROJECT FINALE – MEDIA LAUNCH

At Lockyer Rural Lifestyle Expo

Friday 23rd May 10 am – 11am Gatton Showground

 

Farmers and Artists within Lockyer Valley come together to creatively explore resilience and community identity at the finale of the Land Art Project

 

Friday 23rd May will usher in the grand finale of the Land Art Project to be officially launched at the Lockyer Rural Lifestyle Expo (LRLE) at the Gatton Showgrounds.

 

The 4 participating artists and farming families will come together and share their experiences of the residencies and collaborations with the wider community.

 

From the 16 – 18 May the farming families will have hosted their own private celebration with the artists on their farms to showcase their collaborations.  The artists will then come together a week prior to the LRLE and work on a collective collaboration as a retrospective of each of their own experiences with the farming families and their collaborations.  This will be open to wider community participation and public audience at the Lockyer Rural Lifestyle Expo.

 

This project begins the Lockyer Valley Arts Corps broader strategy around community building and Cultural Tourism.

 

The collaborative approach of this project and its cultural tourism focus challenges traditional stereotypes of rural identity by focusing on the creative promotion of contemporary culture within the community’s historical context.

 

Scotia Monkivitch, Director of Creative Recovery Network says  “While celebrating creativity and the arts within a rural framework, arts projects like this bring together individuals in a supportive social environment and offer a new perspective of our resilience, our landscape and our interaction with it through the eyes of farmers and artists.”

 

Cassandra Pulver from Lockyer Valley Arts Corps (LVAC) and Project Coordinator for the Land Art Project, explains why this project was developed. “The Land Art Project is one of the LVAC’s local response to ongoing impacts of the 2011 and 2013 floods, to celebrate our community and reflect that in a farmer’s day to day life they are creative by necessity. The small and quiet nature of the project may open eyes to a ‘new way of seeing’ in a powerful and meaningful way.”

 

This project has been funded by the Queensland State Government through Arts Queensland and their Creative Recovery Initiative, FRRR and Contact Inc

 

Farms: Bare Essentials, Lockyer Cut Flowers, Moira Farm, Seatonfire

Artists: Birgit Grapentin, Corrie Wright, Jason Troutman, Tamara Kirby

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