Art in Public Places is a month long event celebrating arts and ideas in all their forms in multi venues for the whole of September 2017. It's where everyone can experience, explore and celebrate the arts through exhibitions, events, installations, pop-ups and performances in unexpected places. CLICK HERE to check out the program that'll run in the Hobsons Bay precinct.
Not only will it combine the best of Hobsons Bay's art offerings, it'll also give local artists opportunities to work with international ground breakers and brings about connections between arts and business across the city as well. Light Up Logan kicks it off as the Opening Night event on Friday 1 September, 6-8pm on Logan Reserve in Altona.
It's a weekend of projection, light art and music by the sea, live from NIMA Award nominated singer songwriter Benny Walker. The weekend event also comprises David Murphy in a live performance of his artwork with musicians Michael Havir and Adam Simmons on the Saturday and Sean McLaughlin and a band of great local players on the Sunday.
That's just the tip of the iceberg with many other events happening in Hobsons Bay locations like the Lohse Reserve and Wood Street Arts Space in Laverton; Central Square, and the Skatepark in Altona Meadows; Harrington Square, Louis Joel Arts and Community Centre and Logan Reserve in Altona; and Spirits of Time & Place along the Kororoit Creek Trail, Brooklyn Reserve, Altona gate, Spotswood, South Kingsville, Newport and Williamstown. The program by suburb is as above. Just stay in touch via their Facebook page in case of any changes. Their event page is also a good indicator of individual events.
As it begins, so it ends with Blockumentary on Closing Night, Thursday 28 September on Lohse Street Reserve in Laverton from 6pm to 8pm. This night will screen Blockumentary the film premiere with MC Ian Pidd. This short film documents the change of the former Laverton Post Office into a vibrant arts space and gives you the viewpoint of locals, giving light to the stories and characters that make community. There'll also be a music performance, open mic if you want to strut your stuff with a song, and a DJ, along with local restaurants nearby to tempt your tastebuds.
In between opening and closing, there's a whole lot more to choose from. Mobile shipping containers will be in four locations for a four week stint of creativity oozing from it, taking you on an art voyage in public places at the Portable Container event. The children of Hobsons Bay have also been behind some transformations, taking over the rotunda at Williamstown's Commonwealth Reserve. Imagine if hundreds of little handmade creatures and a great big, glowing light took over the rotunda!
Artist-In-Business has been a feature in this event since its inception more than 10 years ago. Local businesses are showcasing the art of talented, emerging artists who may have otherwise fallen outside the scope of formal gallery exhibitions. It also caters to the public who may not be in the habit of visiting traditional art spaces, but much prefer the art experience happening as they were going about their day. Sip a cup of coffee at participating cafes and sit back and relax, enjoying the art.
Perhaps you'd like to relax differently with The Care Taker. If you've got something on your mind, something bugging you and just won't go away, sit down and relax, for The Care Taker is in! Sit on the street with some comfy chairs and the Care Taker will collect your anonymous cares, especially ones you would like to be free from. Dan Goronszy will create an unusual art experience that'll provoke big conversations about humanity and the world. She is
a multi-disciplinary artist drawing on participatory installation, puppetry and physical theatre to connect with audiences who may not seek out the arts.
As you can see, there's a diverse amount of artistic journeys and activities you can take and experience for free. Be sure to check out the website so you can immerse yourself in the full event on offer.