Outdoor gallery celebrates local artists

VICTORIA Street has received a splash of colour thanks to a dynamic outdoor art gallery showcasing the work of young Tasmanian artists.

‘Art on Victoria’, which was launched by the City of Hobart in May, is an installation on the rear facing wall of the Artery Building at 137 Collins Street.

Hobart Lord Mayor Sue Hickey said the project provided a high profile, high traffic exhibition space for aspiring and creative young artists to showcase their talents.

“The brand new outdoor gallery is an extension of the existing gallery at the City of Hobart Youth Arts and Recreation Centre in Collins Street,” she said.

“This wonderful new addition to Hobart’s extensive and varied collection of public art significantly improves the streetscape by presenting a visually dynamic and creative entry point to one of our inner-city shopping precincts.”

Chairman of the Council’s community, culture and events committee Alderman Bill Harvey said the first selection of works on display were by participants in the recent ‘Light up the Lane’ National Youth Week event.

“Many of the artists have created their artworks at our Youth Arts and Recreation Centre with the support of the youth team and this project is a fantastic way to celebrate the skills and creativity of the young people in our community,” he said.

“We plan to rotate the works annually so we can showcase a wide range of work from young people.”

The exhibited works are by eight young Tasmanian artists aged between 14 and 25-years including Adam Choraziak, Alice Cooley, David Tovey, Fontaine Nfundiko, Hannah Scotney, Holly Clark, Sarah Etheridge and Taliesin Fox-Henry.

Art on Victoria is a collaborative project between the City of Hobart’s Youth Arts and Recreation team, Artery, LJ Hooker, the building owners of 137 Collins Street and TasTAFE.

Caption: From left, artists Taliesin Fox-Henry, Adam Choraziak, Holly Clark-Milligan and Fontaine Nfundiko outside the newly launched Art on Victoria installation, located at the rear of the Artery Building at 137 Collins Street. Photo credit: Yasmin Donnelly.

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