The community is invited to next week’s unveiling of Life Amongst the Trees, a public art project funded through the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF).
Mayor Julia Leu will officially unveil the mosaic covering the public amenities at Rex Smeal Park in Port Douglas completed as part of the RADF program, a State and Local Government partnership to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
“Sam Matthews has devoted countless hours coordinating the project, assisted by Douglas Arts Studio Gallery tutors Connie Rossi, Ellen Terrell, Leanne Emmett, Liz Showniruk and over 100 volunteers at a number of free community workshops in 2017,” Mayor Leu said.
“Feedback has been overwhelming, with visitors from all over the world taking hundreds of photos during the installation process, keen to go online to see the finished product.
The unveiling will be a celebration of the community working together to create a stunning work of art for everyone to appreciate.”
Queensland Premier and Arts Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) delivered on the Queensland Government’s commitment to foster diverse and inclusive communities, grow strong regions and provide training, education, and employment opportunities for Queenslanders.
“The Queensland Government is contributing $2.08 million to leverage up to $1.92 million from local councils resulting in up to $4 million available to support arts and cultural activities throughout the state in 2016–17,” the Premier said.
“This funding promotes the role and value of arts, culture and heritage as key drivers of inclusive communities and strong regions and ensures Queenslanders can engage with arts locally.
“Each year around 500,000 people are involved in RADF projects as practitioners, participants or audience members.”
The unveiling of “Life amongst the trees” at Rex Smeal Park, is at 3.30pm Monday July 17, 2017. RSVPs to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 14 are appreciated.