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Along East Gippsland Rail Trail from Bairnsdale to Orbost
Minna Leunig Bendigo Mural - Photo supplied by artist

A pilot project, it looks like Public Art in the East is going the way of Benalla's Wall to Wall Festival (which I've attended and loved); an amazing street art trail event with local and international street artists taking over public spaces. This NEW public art project is created and produced by Collingwood-based creative studio, The Social Crew, and will be free to experience by the public from May 2022.

Stay in touch via social media (links to FB, Insta & Website in article), as full announcement of artist locations will be released in April 2022. All you need to do is put the months in your diary, so you can plan ahead for a little 'escape the city' mini holiday to catch all this art by local and international artists. The curated program of local artists from Gunaikurnai Country include Alice Pepper, Patricia Pittman and Robbie Farnham. Visiting artists include David "MEGGS" Hooke, Ling and Minna Leunig.

With practices that focus on flora, fauna and the natural environment, visiting artists will design works that draw attention to the natural environment, giving us a visual storyboard that connects and gives growth to human relationships with the land through art. The inaugural multi-dimensional public art experience which will transform objects, tunnels and structures housed along the East Gippsland Rail Trail, running from Bairnsdale to Orbost.

Artist: Patricia Pittman 'Black Ducks' Linocut Print

Alice Pepper, Community Engagement Coordinator, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation (GLaWAC) says "Having artists come together on Country in a collaboration like this, to learn about the Traditional Custodians and the history of the landscapes, will really give the artists inspiration and understanding of the stories that will be depicted in the artwork. When travelling through that part of Country, experiencing sensory elements of touch, see, hear and smell, the artists are contributing to the connection and honouring local stories through art". Solo and collaborative works are being informed and led by the story of the Gunaikurnai community. Visiting artists will learn from the local Gunaikurnai artist collective and community through a cultural awareness program that includes local artists sharing their methods in practice, storytelling, introduction to the local environment and an understanding of land management and preservation.

Visiting artists will also share learned practices with locals that'll encourage confidence in presenting works on a larger scale with connection to story. The public art trail follows the route of the former Orbost railway line and passes through a variety of forest and farmland landscapes with snapshot views of the picturesque Gippsland Lakes. Highlight locations will include Deep Creek Pipes, Wiseleigh, Mossiface Hall, Mossiface and Bruthen Underpass and more. East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor Cr Mark Reeves says: "Our rail trail provides an inspiring canvas for telling the stories of our region and environment through public artwork. I'm excited to see how artists from the region and further afield respond to our landscape." If you love art in all its forms, you don't want to miss this. If you're lucky, you'll see the artists still working on their pieces; which was an exciting factor for me at Benalla, giving me a chance to say a super quick hello to favourite local and international artists. And yes, it was a thrill!

David MEGGS Hooke - Croydon-Central - Photo supplied by artist
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Why? South Gippsland Public Art Trail - Pilot Project
When: East Gippsland multi-dimensional public art experience
Where: East Gippsland / South Gippsland, VIC
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What a beautiful collection of art for everyone to enjoy
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