This year will see farmers creating art as part of the innovative ‘Twig’ project initiated by Australia’s Creative Rural Economy (ACRE) team.
Multi-artform artist, Trevor Flinn from Dunkeld, will be staying with four farming families across the Mallee and southern Riverina throughout 2012. During his stay he will create four unique artworks with the families and their extended farming communities.
These artworks will be presented at an informal gathering, a ‘Twig’, at the completion of each stay. In his final week, he will work with local Swan Hill and surrounding artists to create an ‘Artists Twig’ which will be open to wider participation.
Ian Tully, Director of the Swan Hill Regional Gallery and long time advocate for the fusion of art and rural life, noted “Trevor makes a fine choice for this project. His practice is largely focused on working with farming and rural communities, not to mention his family links to this part of the country with his grandmother growing up on a soldier settler block on the Goschen Woorinen Road.”
Kim Bennett, Regional Arts Development Officer and ACRE committee member explains why the project was chosen. “This year is the National Year of the Farmer. ‘Twig’ is the ACRE’s local response to the celebration, and reflects that in a farmer’s day to day life they are creative by necessity.”
‘Twig’ is the only regional Victorian project to have been supported in the latest grant round for the Community Partnerships Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Since 2009, the ACRE team have facilitated two seminars which tackle the subjects of arts led recovery and rural resilience. A recent outcome for the ACRE team has been the support of two films made in Moulamein and Conargo. Both of which had showings during the last weekend in November.