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Support needed for art initiative

03 Apr 2014

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Local artist Joe Blanck wants to activate Docklands with large-scale collaborative art project and is looking for support from the local community.

Mr Blanck is the co-founder of Ampersand Studio, a local art space and gallery, which is part of Renew Australa’s Docklands Spaces project.

He’s envisioned an arts event that will showcase Docklands as the “new arts hub of Melbourne”.

The concept revolves a round a group of artists working with a group of young people to transform an empty wall in Docklands into a vibrant mural.

The aim of the project is not only to activate an unused space, but also to mentor young people about the importance of creative expression and equip them with teamwork skills.

Already in discussion with artists and youth groups about taking part in the project, Mr Blanck is also looking to the local community to support the project.

“Getting local businesses involved is exactly what we need to get this project happening and to get the most out of it,” Mr Blanck said.

“I have had such a huge response from local artists and supporters that this could be a great way to give Docklands the credibility that it deserves – with an iconic piece of art that would be admired and visited for many years to come.”

The project mirrors many of the goals of the Docklands Spaces project which Mr Blanck’s studio is part of.

Docklands Spaces offers creative initiatives rent-free spaces on short-term leases in hope of activating the area.

Similarly, Mr Blanck’s proposal aims to activate an empty wall, while at the same time providing an opportunity for creativity.

Mr Blanck  hopes to gain the support of the City of Melbourne and is looking to secure a potential site for the project.

For more information and to express your support visit Ampersand Studio at 6 Doepel Way, Docklands or contact Mr Blanck via (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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