Opening of the Art Commission for the new Chilwell Library

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UP-AND-COMING artists and creative teams will have the chance to exhibit their work at the revamped Chilwell Library.

The City of Greater Geelong is accepting submissions for a Chilwell Library Public Art Commission that will complement the unique qualities of the Newtown-based site.

“Public art plays a key role in contributing to public spaces, reflecting local stories and expressing community pride,” said Brownbill Ward Councilor Peter Murrihy. “Our goal is for this public art commission to contribute to the successful redevelopment of Chilwell Library by bringing the unique arts, culture and heritage of Geelong into the lives of library users and passers-by.”

The city has also released a set of criteria that submissions must meet, with a greater focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists to submit proposals to the $25,000 commission.

Clues to submission include reference to the traditional Barwon River name “Parwon”, the Wadawurrung word for magpie, as well as Newtown and Chilwell’s rich industrial and residential history in industries such as tanneries, woolens and soap factories.

New renderings released by the city of the new library facade at 51 Russell Street. GRAPHIC: PROVIDED

Submissions can be for standalone 3D works, works incorporated into the new library, designs and materials, or a combination of both.

Lynne Dowling, a member of the Chilwell Library Group, said the group was delighted to see the redevelopment schedule moving forward after the Campaign to Save the Library launched in 2017.

“We are very happy to see the development moving forward,” Ms Dowling said.

“In all honesty, we’re just delighted to see the library still around, as it’s clear it matters as the only free community space/centre in the Newtown and Chilwell area.

“We can’t wait to see all aspects of the library’s design come to life.”

Expressions of interest close on Monday, June 27 and the successful candidate for the commission will be announced on Friday, September 2.

Shortlisted artists will be selected and informed on July 15 with individual site visits to be made in the following month.

Submissions can be made to [email protected]

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