Art project means no waste or wasted space

Grants for Resilience & Wellness
Marysville, Vic - $20,000

This project in Marysville, Vic, was funded through the Grants for Resilience & Wellness (GR&W) program, which supports long-term community recovery following the 2009 Victorian bushfires.

The project involves creative recycling of materials and space through a temporary art installation that brings the whole community together. It is being organised by the Triangle Art Group (TAG) which builds partnerships with artists and the community and undertakes projects that “Honour the Past and Embrace the Future”. TAG’s first gathering was in March 2009 as a response to the February 2009 bushfires.

The facade at the vacant site of the former medical and community centres in Murchison St, Marysville is in the process of being transformed into a tourist attraction through community workshops and after-school art for kids. This flat, cleared and vacant public block of land had become an eyesore and had no clear future.

The project will provide a way for the community to reconnect with a place in the town that has not been rebuilt following the 2009 bushfires.

Items being used vary from personal items salvaged after the fires, to old pieces of discarded or reclaimed timber and other recycled materials. It is an opportunity to change negative perceptions around waste, especially following the past few years of removal of debris and damaged structures to make way for rebuilding. The project also aims to provide a point of connection for community groups, and an opportunity for the many locals who are interested in doing more volunteer work to get involved in a creative project for the betterment of their main street.

It culminated in a public exhibition of works to complement the annual Marysville Art Show that was held on the Melbourne Cup weekend in November 2013.