Lenah Valley Primary $3 million development officially opens

FOLLOWING a $3 million development project, Lenah Valley Primary School is now enjoying the benefits of five new classrooms, two refurbished classrooms and a brand-new outdoor play space.

Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer paid a visit to the school recently to join in on the official opening celebrations.

“The $3 million development has provided invaluable modern learning environments that will benefit students and staff for years to come,” Ms Archer said.

“All areas are designed to be multi-purpose, flexible spaces that will inspire students to succeed as connected, resilient, creative and curious thinkers.

“I was particularly impressed with the new vibrant hands-on mosaic artwork in the new outdoor play space.

“This fabulous artwork is part of the State Government’s public art program, which I am proud to administer in my role as Minister for the Arts.

“Since its launch in 1979, the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme has managed more than 660 commissions, creating more than 1,900 artworks located across the state, resulting in a contemporary state public art collection that includes work from a rage of disciplines.”

Local artist Wendy Edwards has completed nine commissions through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme program, with her most recent one being the mosaic sculptures for Lenah Valley Primary School.

“I’ve been keen to create a ‘Make A Creature’ sculpture based on the drawing game I’d played as a kid,” Ms Edwards said.

“You fold a piece of paper into three, draw a head on one section, refold, pass it on to the next person to draw the belly, the legs and on it goes.

“The idea seemed a great match for the school’s ethos of using play to engage the students with their natural environment and stimulate their imaginations.”

Ms Edwards said mosaic lent itself to play as a material for public art.

“The different elements used flesh out the work with wonderful textures and highlights that ask the viewer to touch the work with both eyes and fingers – no need for ‘Do Not Touch’ signs,” she said.

“Arts Tasmania’s Art in Public Places Scheme is such a valuable program, not just by enabling the placement of artwork that beautifies public institutions and places, but also sustaining an arts culture in Tasmania over the 40 years of the program by providing work for many Tasmanian artists.”

Caption: Liberal Member for Clark and Minister for the Arts Elise Archer with artist Wendy Edwards.