Western Downs 10 Artist Project Opens Another Chapter

March 22, 2022

The stories behind some of the region’s most talented creatives are celebrated in ‘Chapter Two’ of a grassroots Council initiative that explores the vibrant arts and cultural community of the Western Downs.

’10 Artists’ uses videography and photography to capture the inspiration and passion behind some of the region’s top artists, providing a virtual platform for the arts community to expand their audience.

Spokesperson for the Western Downs Regional Council for Community and Cultural Development, Councilor Kaye Maguire, said the project aims to celebrate the great talents of our community and explore their lives through their art.

“These are the successful people here in the Western Downs and this project is about discovering our talented creatives and sharing their passion with the wider community,” said Cr Maguire.

“The Council is focused on building active and vibrant communities and this project is a fun and interactive way to support the arts and cultural community we have here in the region and to raise the profile of these talented people.

Featured artists include Bill Perry, Guy Breay, Kay Joyce, Kristen Flynn, Leigh Nicholson, Meg Cullen, Meg Stevenson, Sharlene Smith, Sonia Miers and Tracey Irvine.

Each video is 1-2 minutes long and provides insight into each artist’s creative life, captured by videographers Geordie Lillis and Rachel Siegur.

Kay Joyce, Bunya Mountains resident and featured artist, said the project offered the community an opportunity to better understand the lives of our local artists while inspiring others to embrace their creative side.

“Programs such as this show the arts community that their artistic practice is valued, while signaling to others who are considering engaging in an artistic pursuit that their community welcomes them, their talent and their contribution,” said said Ms. Joyce.

“In this way, the local arts community continues to thrive and add to the overall enjoyment of life for all residents and visitors to the area.”

The videos will be shared on the Council’s social media from March 2022 and hosted on the Western Downs Arts online website, promoting the arts community going forward.

The 10 Artists: Chapter Two project will also feature in its own exhibition opening May 13, 2022 at Dogwood Crossing, Miles.

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