Streaky Bay art project receives funding

PROJECT: ArtsUp Streaky Bay president Liz McTaggart is involved in 'Stars Align' and said the project was exciting for the group and the community. Photo: Supplied
PROJECT: ArtsUp Streaky Bay president Liz McTaggart is involved in 'Stars Align' and said the project was exciting for the group and the community. Photo: Supplied

Country Arts SA has awarded funding to a Streaky Bay organisation for a project to take place this year.

A total of $159,770 was provided to 10 arts projects across regional South Australia in late 2020, with the latest round of grants provided across a range of project types.

ArtsUp Streaky Bay has received $23,107 for its 'Stars Align' project, which will see Eyre Peninsula artists collaborate on a series of site-specific residencies to create public artworks at the Streaky Bay Youth Precinct Development space that focus on the cultural, environmental and celestial heritage of Streaky Bay.

Seven artists will work together on the project, which is supported by the Streaky Bay District Council and designed to further enhance a community asset.

Port Lincoln artist Karen Carr will reside on site while she chainsaw carves a fallen tree, while Streaky Bay's Lauren Karp will work with play-space artist Jason Balmer to make a dig pit.

Liz McTaggart of Sceale Bay will create a nautical-inspired compass rose to be used as a feature for people to get their bearings within the town, while Ruth Gregor will mentor Streaky Bay artist Susie Betts to create a limestone carving reflecting Ms Betts' recent worldwide fellowship study.

Ms Karp, an ArtsUp member, said the funding was a welcome surprise and that the volunteers behind the project had been working towards securing artists and funding for almost a year.

"The 'Stars Align' project not simply provides work for established artists, but provides those emergent artists a boost to reach their dream trajectories and encourages others to see the value of arts in Streaky Bay," she said.

When the site is completed and open to the public, it will add a unique attraction for Streaky Bay residents and visitors to enjoy.

"It is wonderful to receive grant funding from County Arts SA and support from the District Council of Streaky Bay," ArtsUp president Ms McTaggart said.

"Practising and honing your skills to create interactive community involved art pieces is a wonderful opportunity and will enhance the landscape of Streaky township."

The investment will provide an opportunity for locals, with Ms Gregor and Streaky Bay artists Abbey Dunbar offering limestone and wood carving workshops in the first half of the year.

Dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

"By securing funding for workshops, we are also encouraging people to up-skill, work with materials they perhaps have never dreamed of, and participate as changemakers in their own community," Ms Karp said.

Country Arts SA chief executive officer Anthony Peluso said the organisation was thrilled to deliver funding support to the 10 projects.

"We are excited to see what the successful applicants will produce and how they will grow their practice through their funded projects," he said.

"The Regional Arts Fund supports sustainable cultural development in regional and remote communities that benefit the whole region and even more so in 2020 when the arts can help us to heal and understand the world around us better."