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Create Lab videos to be unveiled at official launch next week

Media release

A diverse range of new video works from talented local creatives will be unveiled next Thursday September 28 as part of an official launch from the City of Greater Bendigo in partnership with the Emporium Creative Hub.

The works have been produced through the City’s Create Lab small grants program which supports local artists to test new ideas or explore new collaborations through digital media that would be suitable for a public setting – Hargreaves Mall. 

Participating artists were selected through an expressions of interest process, and they received small grant subsidies of up to $4,000 to create a local-inspired theme through the new artworks or projections.

Among the presenting artists are illustrator Lyn Raymer who has collaborated for the first time with animator Kain White, bringing her illustrations to life. CreateA Performance Ensemble has a created a series of video-based vignettes to explore a new performance idea called Burnout Ballet.

Irene Holub has worked with members of the local deaf community to create Auslan Poems. Paul Fletcher explores the concept of a Bendigo Symphony, combining poetic imagery and sounds from the local landscape. Annelise Henderson, Sara Hancock and Jac Hartje will be working in a site specific context in a combination of live projection and video.

City of Greater Bendigo Creative Industries Officer Mandy Field said Create Lab proved to be a successful pilot project for artists to extend their creative practices in news ways.

“Create Lab allowed artists and creatives to explore, experiment, and test ideas that extend the capacity, develop skills, support new collaborations and partnerships among Greater Bendigo’s creative community,” Ms Field said.

“This has been a brilliant pilot project that has seen an array of artists exploring their creative practice in new ways. 

“It has brought together emerging artists, performers with a disability, established artists working in a whole new genre. It’s amazing to see what happens when artists are given some time and support to explore new opportunities.

“The City would like to thank project partner Emporium Creative Hub for providing meeting and studio space and hosting the Create Lab Q&A event.

“Thank you to the artists’ mentor David Gagliardi who has been involved in the Create Lab project and has inspired and encouraged artists through the creative process.” 

Mr Gagliardi said the official event was open to the community to hear about the project.

“This conversation is a great opportunity for people to see and hear about the creative and collaborative processes behind five amazing and diverse arts projects,” Mr Gagliardi said.

The commissioned videos will be seen on the large AV screen in Hargreaves Mall and as projections in the Mall after the Q&A.

Greater Bendigo continues to build a strong reputation for its public art, street art and thriving arts and creative industries. The City was a finalist in the Australian Street Art Awards earlier this year. 

To attend the event at the Emporium next Thursday, September 28 from 5pm to 7pm, please email: [email protected]

Greater Bendigo