Muwerang Mosaic Project is up and running

PUBLIC ART: Volunteers work with local artist Mike Tye on the Muwerang Mosaic Project, which has officially been relaunched.
PUBLIC ART: Volunteers work with local artist Mike Tye on the Muwerang Mosaic Project, which has officially been relaunched.

The Muwerang Mosaic Project has officially relaunched, with artists Mike Tye and Cedric Varcoe conducting mosaic workshop sessions with volunteer participants at local community venues.

The public art project initially began in October 2020, however it was postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The project involves the creation of a public mosaic art feature to beautify a 36 metre long balustrade wall located on Bay Road along the edge of Muwerang (the Inman River). The mosaic will depict the Ngarrindjeri and Ramindjeri's connection to Muwerang.

City of Victor Harbor Mayor, Dr Moira Jenkins, said volunteers were needed to assist the artists with tile cutting and tile placement.

"Not only will the project produce a large scale, high quality public artwork for Victor Harbor, but it will also provide opportunity for skill development, help to deepen the community's cultural awareness and offer cultural acknowledgement to our Traditional Owners," said Mayor Jenkins.

"I encourage all members of the community to attend a workshop and contribute towards this great art feature for our City."

Local artists Mike Tye and Cedric Varcoe were acknowledged by the City of Victor Harbor Arts and Cultural Advisory Group as the most appropriate artists to work with the community on this large scale mosaic project.

Mike has extensive experience in large scale community public mosaic projects and local Ngarrindjeri artist Cedric Varcoe's work is very well known and loved by the community. The pair have a successful history of working together on previous community mosaic projects.

The work will be carried out over a number of weekly sessions at local venues, with the Victor Harbor Men's Shed and Goolwa Community Centre kindly offering their venues as locations for the mosaic creation to take place.

Additional support has also been provided by local resident, Jann Aldridge, who generously donated $1,000 towards the project. Jann's support for the mosaic will help to ensure the City of Victor Harbor continues to beautify and expand its offering of public art.

Council also received $25,000 in funding from Country Arts SA to support the project.

Visit www.victor.sa.gov.au or call 8551 0500 to find out more about the project and how to get involved as a volunteer.

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