A visible success for Streaky Bay

Streaky Bay’s new art residency ‘Visible’ has been heralded as a success.

Visible was held at night under lights on the Streaky Bay foreshore and jetty platform in early January attracting those specifically coming to see the event or those wandering along the foreshore, who were invited into a hub of engaging and innovative outdoor art activities.

The Visible event included a variety of art forms and almost 800 participants and audience members across a range of ages, with most responses to the event being positive.

Survey results showed people taking in Visible from within South Australia, three more Australian states and as far away as South Africa, while nearly all said they would attend a residency or event like Visible again in Streaky Bay.

President of Streaky Bay Tourism Jayne Holland said she was “thrilled” with the response to Visible in its first year.

The event employed six community artists, four support workers and a project manager.

Visiting Adelaide photographer and light painting artist Cam Edser enjoyed his time in Streaky Bay.

“Thanks for a great week up in Streaky!,” he said.

“The event came together well and created an excellent atmosphere.

This [light painting] group got a lot out of it because they were able to use their own cameras and work on them individually.”

The residency filled a gap identified by the Visible committee to provide an experience in addition to other traditional events and activities for families and those visiting the region over the Christmas and New Year period.

Ms Holland said plans were underway for 2019.

“A Visible committee has been formed with a combination of passionate tourism, council and community people,” she said.

“Planning is underway for similar events to take place in December and January of 2019 and beyond. 

“With this new vision there are exciting times ahead for visitors and locals alike at a peak time of year in Streaky Bay.”

Ms Holland said the aim of Visible is to create sustainable events and experiences which inspire, activate and connect people to the region, while embracing the culture, people and environment of the region.