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Gungahlin Arts to enliven the community

Belconnen Arts Centre 4 May 2019
Community Arts Officer Michele Grimston with the Easter Bunny at one of Gungahlin Arts first pop up events

Community Arts Officer Michele Grimston gets to know the locals at the Crace Community Easter Egg Hunt. Photo: Belconnen Arts Centre.

If you’re a Gungahlin resident and a friendly lady approaches you to talk about artwork, don’t be alarmed: she has a purpose.

Belconnen Arts Centre’s new Community Arts Officer, Michele Grimston, has hit the ground running in Gungahlin and is currently looking for local input into a new program of arts events and activities that will activate the region over the next three years.

Supported by program funding from the ACT Government, Gungahlin Arts will be shaped by the local community over the coming months. Michele will be popping up around the region during May to chat with people about what they’d like to see and do. Keep an eye out for her in your travels around town if you’ve got big ideas you want to share.

“I’m so excited to begin exploring and creating in the Gungahlin region,” says Michele. “There’s so much already going on here, and I’ve been really welcomed into the community. I can’t wait to start building on that to create some really fabulous new opportunities – both for artists, and for the people who live and work here.”

A group of children work on a painting project.

The program will offer opportunities for children, families and adults to participate in all forms of the arts. Photo: Erica Hurrell.

Over the three-year lifetime of the project, Michele aims to work with artists of all disciplines from visual arts to dance, poetry to design and everything in between. She’s also been exploring different spaces and places, looking for hidden treasures and unorthodox venues for creativity to blossom.

“One of the challenges, but also one of the most exciting things about working in Gungahlin, is that there is no dedicated arts centre – so it’s really going to be about working in community space and presenting the arts in a way where they can really become embedded in people’s everyday lives,” explains Michele.

“This is a wonderful opportunity, and being able to draw on all the resources, and the wonderful team at Belconnen Arts Centre is really going to help the program grow.”

A detail of the Gungahlin Arts Hidden Treasures project, which asks residents to write down what they love about Gungahlin and how the Arts can make it better. Responses are displayed on a large map of the area.

Residents and visitors are invited to share what they love about the region, and how art can make it better. Photo: Belconnen Arts Centre.

Gungahlin-based artists and residents who have ideas for what they’d like to see, do and create are invited to get in touch with Michele through the Belconnen Arts Centre website and to help shape the program by completing the Gungahlin Arts Community Survey.

What arts programs and events would you like to see in and around Gungahlin? What wonderful things are already happening there?


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