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Artworks from around the globe grace the shores of Lake Burley Griffin for Contour 556

By Lachlan Roberts 2 September 2018 0

The Mermaid by Miriam Pickard is one of the 49 artworks on the shore of Lake Burley Griffin. Photos: Supplied

Canberra’s biennial public art and performance event Contour 556 will grace the foreshores of Lake Burley Griffin presenting artworks and performances by 60 artists from across the world.

Designed for the foreshores of the lake as well as Aspen Island, through Bowen Park, Henry Rolland Park and the Kingston Arts Precinct, all artworks and performances are site-specific, drawing inspiration from or reflecting on the cultural or physical character of Canberra.

The event, which was initiated and driven by local curators and landscape architects Harris Hobbs Public Projects, was launched by ACT Arts Minister Gordon Ramsay on Wednesday morning (29 August).

The free event will feature public sculpture and performance work from 60 talented local, national and international artists who will be using performance, storytelling, song, poetry, projection, text as well as traditional sculpture to explore stories of Australian political, cultural and physical history.

49 sculptures will be temporarily exhibited on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin from Henry Rolland Park in West Basin, along the southern lakeshore from Commonwealth Avenue Bridge to the Kingston Foreshore and on Aspen Island.

“Neil Hobbs and Karina Harris’ enthusiasm and passion for bringing public art and performance to the community has manifested in this unique locally conceived and delivered event,” Mr Ramsay said.

The ACT Government provided $30,000 from the ACT Event Fund 2018 and $30,000 from artsACT 2018 Activity Funding to Contour 556 to support Canberra artists to exhibit their works.

Contour 556: Canberra’s Public Art Biennial 2018 will be on from October 5 to October 28, 2018. 


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