Animating Spaces is an innovative, three-year state-wide multi-arts initiative of ArtsLink Queensland that will revitalise and celebrate significant or unusual spaces within fifteen regional communities through locally-driven arts activities and events.
Communities have the opportunity to re-imagining their town, employ local artists and creatives, build capacity, develop cultural project management skills, receive mentoring and support and funding assistance to present three arts projects.
Fortunately for Far North Queensland, Cooktown took up the challenge and was awarded a place in the initiative “Animating Spaces”. Three creative projects were coordinated by Waratah Nicholls that culminated in an event, “Echoes On The Wind” held on 20th September 2014.
Cook Shire Mayor, Peter Scott said, ‘This project is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and further develop the diversity of artistic talent in Cooktown while creating areas that will be attractive and valuable to both residents and visitors’.
‘Echoes On The Wind’ event in Cooktown was an exciting opportunity for our community to come together for a day and night of celebration, showcasing lots of local, talented entertainers and for everyone to come and join in’, says Waratah Nicholls, Community Coordinator Animating Spaces and Arts Nexus Regional Arts and Cultural Coordinator.
The Regional Arts Fund is an Australian Government initiative that supports sustainable cultural development in regional, remote and very remote Australia.
The program is delivered in partnership with Artslink Queensland.
Video provided with permission from ArtsLink Queensland and Regional Arts Australia
Photos by project partners ArtsLink Qld, showing the stages of artwork