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Council recognises local artists with funding

01/11/2018

Georges River Council has announced funding to support the artistic practices of three local artists who have been part of its Artist in Residence Program.

Kogarah-based Steve Lopes, Oatley local Tetsuya Mori and St George resident Vittoria Oriana will each receive $500 resulting from Blakehurst Ward Councillor Kathryn Landsberry’s motion to allocate Ward funding to the program.

Councillor Kathryn Landsberry, a strong supporter of the arts, said she hopes the extra funding provided to local artists will help them achieve great things with their art.

“Everyone in the community can play a part in developing art and culture in our local area. We are encouraging local residents to ‘Have your Say’ on the Georges River Creative Cultural Strategy, so that creative programs and events reflect the community’s values and diversity,” she added.

Georges River Council Mayor Kevin Greene said that Council is committed to cultivating and developing creativity among community members now and in the future.

“Fostering art and culture, and the people who influence this in the Georges River area, is incredibly important to us at Council. I would like to thank Steve, Tetsuya and Vittoria for their incredible and unique contributions to the community’s creative culture,” said Mayor Greene.

“The Artist in Residence Program is one of Council’s many initiatives that foster creativity within the local area to build on our culturally rich community,” he added.

Participants in Council’s introductory Artist in Residence program were given access to Carss Park Artist's Cottage and its studio space at no cost.

Painter and printmaker Steve Lopes recently won the 2018 Gallipoli Art Prize and was the winner of the Georges River Local Artist Prize in 2017. Steve spent the majority of September 2018 at Carss Park Artist's Cottage and gained much artistic inspiration from his stay.

“The cottage is amazing. It’s in a great location and there’s no shortage of subject matter. You have the water, the bush and all of the people walking past to study,” said Steve.

2015 Kogarah Art Prize winner and visual artist Tetsuya Mori and visual artist and 2016 Kogarah Art Prize winner Vittoria Oriana both had stints at the cottage in October.

The Georges River Council Artist in Residence Program was launched in August 2018 and is open to local, regional and international artists across a wide range of art forms.

The Artist in Residence Program aims to create opportunities for artists' professional development, and to contribute to Georges River Council's art collection and cultural programs.

For more information on Georges River Council’s Artist in Residence Program, please visit https://www.georgesriver.nsw.gov.au/Community/Art-and-Culture/Artist-in-Residence or call the Cultural Services Team on 9330 6444.

Image: ‘Man with dog – Carss Park’, Steve Lopes, 2018.