Council vehicles act as a moving canvas for community art project

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Cr Cindi Bush, Gallery & Museum Curator Jo Duke, Newprint HRG's Ben Hughes with Road Services operator Mick McCartin discuss artwork by local artist Bindi Waugh installed on one of Council's street sweepers.

Council vehicles act as a moving canvas for community art project

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum’s latest creative project will see art ‘on the move’ across the Gladstone Region.

Gladstone Region Mayor Matt Burnett said 17 artworks by 15 local artists were currently being installed by two local businesses, Gladstone Printing Services and NewPrint HRG, on Council fleet vehicles.

The 2017 Gladstone Region Art on Fleet project, hosted in conjunction with the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), provides an opportunity for local artwork to be exhibited in this exciting and creative way,” Councillor Burnett said.

Councillor Cindi Bush said selected artworks, printed on vinyl decals would be on show travelling the Gladstone Region applied to various Council vehicles.

“This is an excellent opportunity for artists to express their creativity and gain exposure for their artwork,” Cr Bush said.

She said there was no specific theme for the project but artworks depicted the people, landscape and environment of the region keeping the vehicle’s purpose in mind.

“Artworks will transform vehicles in our Council fleet ranging from the Gallery & Museum’s van to the region’s street sweepers,” Cr Bush said.

“This public art project provides an opportunity for arts and community to come together, discovering new audiences and celebrating the heritage and character of our region.”

Art on Fleet follows previously successful Gallery & Museum projects which have involved talented local artists incorporating their artworks with Council property.

The 2015 Gladstone Region Artist Windows project involved 14 local artist installations featured in 12 Gladstone Regional Council venues while the 2016 Gladstone Region Art in Parks project involved 20 artworks featured in 17 regional parks.

The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.