Federal funding boost for ambitious new public art project


Council has welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of $300,000 in funding to help Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery deliver an ambitious new public art project.

The funding, announced yesterday by Federal Member for Flinders Greg Hunt, forms part of the Federal Government’s Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.

The funding will enable the gallery to work in partnership with Deakin University’s Public Art Commission on developing and delivering a public art project and exhibition titled Front Beach, Back Beach.

The project will take place across the Mornington Peninsula in November 2022 with an exhibition at the gallery in the Summer of 2022-23.

Quotes attributed to Mayor Despi O’Connor:

“We are absolutely delighted to have won this funding for our Shire. Front Beach, Back Beach will celebrate key sites and stories on the Peninsula through film, sculpture, sound, performance, participation and installation.”

“This multi-sited event will involve the commissioning of 15 Australian artists/collectives to respond to 15 sites and stories that have shaped the Peninsula. From Monmar (Point Nepean) to Wonga (Arthurs Seat), Western Port to Cape Schanck, there are hidden histories of national significance that channel our collective past and future.”

“This project will celebrate these sites, using the power of contemporary art to tell our stories across time and space.”

“This is a significant boost for our arts sector, which has been devastated by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s fantastic we are now in a position to support our artists and I’d like to thank Greg Hunt and the Federal Government for making this much-needed investment in our creative community.”

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