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Animating Spaces Toowoomba
23 Aug 2013
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Animating Spaces is an innovative, three-year state-wide multi-arts project that will revitalise and celebrate significant or unusual spaces within fifteen regional communities through locally-driven arts activities and events. Communities have the opportunity to re-imagining their town, employ local artists and creatives, build capacity, develop cultural project management skills, receive mentoring and support and funding assistance to present three arts projects. Animating Spaces Toowoomba exposed the city’s underground arts scene on 23, 24 and 25 August with outdoor interactive video projections, a large-scale urban artwork and a creek-bed sculpture park, thanks to funding and support from Artslink Queensland as part of Animating Spaces. After months of planning and creating, three unique spaces were unveiled in a weekend of mini events. Real Time Your Time, reminiscent of candid camera in Toowoomba’s main intersection, zoomed in on everyday passers-by, capturing live interactions in a public space and subsequently projecting them on the big screen building backdrop. Friends, tourists, movie-goers, car drivers alike were intrigued by the spectacle at the corner of Ruthven and Margaret Streets on Friday and Saturday nights and stopped to interact and discuss, some even playing with the technology to create their own oversized ‘selfies’. Up the Creek saw a team of artists carve out an attractive and safe access to a forgotten creek and craft intriguing ephemeral artworks from debris retrieved from the creek. Through regeneration and artisan activity, and collaboration with Landscape Architect students from QUT, a blueprint for future development was presented to the attendees and received resounding support. Biograffiti has given a vibrant and colourful face-lift to an alleyway in Toowoomba’s CBD between Annand and Ruthven Streets. A top notch crew of nationally renowned street artists – Gimiks Born, Beastman, Numskull, Phibs and Toowoomba’s own Twolaks, worked seamlessly to execute the metro mural over two days 24 and 25 August. Pedestrians in transit were transfixed by the unfolding artwork and visitors to the site witnessed the final stages at a burgers and beats afternoon hosted by local eatery, Phat Burgers.

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Cultural Diversity Regional Young People CACD DIgital Arts Multi-disciplinary Public Art Academic Artist Arts Manager Business person Curator Emerging Artist Govt worker Producer Project Participant Student Events Research Report Showcase Training
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