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Community Art Grants Program winners announced

Posted on November 11, 2016
The City of Bayswater has awarded $69,715 in funding towards community art projects aimed at fostering and developing art within the local community.

Officially announced at last night's Council Meeting, the seven successful grant recipients were artist Vanessa Bradley, Hampton Senior High School, MPA Skills, Bayswater Primary School Parents' and Citizens' Association, Baysie Rollers (with Mel McVee and Steve Buckles), DADDA and Mel McVee.

Mayor Barry McKenna said the City had received 15 grant applications as part of its newly developed Community Art Grants Program.

"The quality of applications was extremely high. I understand the Art Selection Panel had a tough job on their hands deciding between so many worthy projects."

"I am confident the Community Art Grants Program will provide an avenue for
local community groups, schools and individuals to showcase their talents while breathing new life into our public spaces."

"These projects will offer the opportunity for local community members to collaborate with experienced artists and contribute to the vibrancy of our City."

The Baysie Rollers were successful in obtaining $17,760 to create a series of wall murals in the Bayswater Town Centre depicting the City's history, heritage and growth. The group will work with local artists Mel McVee and Steve Buckles on the project. Mel will use a 'paint by numbers approach' to get people involved while Steve will engage the community in the design of the artwork.

DADDA is a not-for- profit community arts organisation that focuses on people with a disability or mental illness. The group will work with students from John Forrest Secondary College on a series of skill building workshops that will culminate in a photographic/video exhibition. The group was successful in obtaining $17,000 in funding from the City of Bayswater.

Hampton Senior High School received $5,000 for the creation of a large scale mural to celebrate its 50th anniversary while local apprentices from MPA Painting and Decorating were also awarded $5,000 for the creation of a mural inside the newly relocated Morley Library.

"The City of Bayswater is keen to foster and develop art within its local community. Our ability to express and celebrate our creativity, identity and history is an integral part of our cultural identity."

The Community Art Grants Program was developed using community feedback from a forum held in February and reflect the communities' aspirations for a vibrant, diverse and engaging community.

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