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UPDATE | Full Team Ahead

A team of Sunshine Coast artists are all fired up to work with community groups to develop images for the Great Wall of Nambour Public Art Project on the Howard Street exterior of Nambour Plaza.

The four artists – Corrie Wright, Elise Goodrich, Tom Hampstead and Debbie Scott (profiles below) – are working with Project Managers John Armstrong and Linda Carroli to realise a visually dynamic and impressive artwork along the 100 metre wall. Local photographer Allan Smith received an RADF grant to capture the creative spirit of the community and document the journey of the project.

“It’s a very challenging site to work with because of its length and austerity,” Armstrong said. “We’ve produced a concept that has a number of different elements and layers so that a range of groups can participate in the development of ideas and images.”

The Great Wall artwork is one of many projects of Maroochy Shire Council’s Hub of the Hinterland revitalisation program which commenced in July last year. It will complement the major streetscape upgrade, due to commence prior to Christmas, which will give Howard Street a necessary boost.

Chairperson of Nambour Futures Inc, Simone Pearce, said the project will be indicative of things to come in Nambour.

“This just the beginning of the revamp of Nambour. I am looking forward to seeing the artwork evolve,” Ms Pearce said. “It is such a wonderful opportunity we have in the town, to take a blank canvas and showcase our diverse artistic talent, for all to see, and decorate our street in a way that is innovative and dynamic, yet nostalgic and historic all at once.”

The wall public artwork will feature large scale wall drawings, laser etched and cut timber tiling, a mural commemorating the Sugar Mill and a poetic text running along the awning – all set against a boldly multi-coloured backdrop that references the Yenda Carson artwork already on the site.

The artists will be researching and reflecting on the history of Nambour as well as holding workshops and consultations with community groups and residents including a disability group, youth groups and older residents.

“The Great Wall is representing various aspects of life in Nambour and we hope to reflect that life in its diversity and through the eyes of a cross-section of residents who live in or around the town.” Armstrong said.

“Nambour has a colourful history with a strong connection to the land and agriculture. There is still strong sentiment in the community about honouring that while seizing opportunities to create and envision a sustainable and prosperous future. The Great Wall is, in some ways, about charting the transition and embracing the potential of a new era.”

While community workshops are under way, the site will be prepared and repainted in readiness for application of the artworks. Completion of the artwork is anticipated by mid November.

Great Wall of Nambour Public Art Project – Artist Profiles

Corrie Wright
Works in a diversity of forms and processes that reflect a strong relational role for art. Corrie is a multi-disciplinary artist using elements from many areas of practice including visual art, community art, performance, installation and collaborative processes. Out of these disciplines comes a cross-fertilisation of concepts that build skills and develop relationships. Exhibiting both nationally and internationally the processes used aim to foster a vital interrelationship between the artist, the viewer and the work. Working collaboratively on many occasions Corrie is also one of the founding members of Creative Mobility. The aim of Creative Mobility is to use the arts as an interactive tool to turn barriers into bridges within the disability sector and collaboration is an essential component of this process.

Elise Goodrich
Public Arts, Outdoor Events, Sacred Ceremony, Projected Imagery, Creative Facilitation, Healer. Elise’s public arts experience spans arts consultancy, community cultural development process, design, production and installation of large scale permanent groundworks and wall treatment areas. Major public arts projects include many SCIP (Suburban Centre Improvement Projects) with Brisbane City Council in Mt Gravatt Central, Sandgate Town Centre and Church St Fortitude Valley. Elise has also produced collaborative performance work commissioned by Brisbane Festival, art directed short film screened on ABC TV, taught sculpture and drawing at QUT, exhibited in Europe and created and conducted creative facilitation sessions in the corporate sphere. Elise moved to the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 2 1/2yrs ago.

Tom Hampstead
Tom has lived in the Sunshine Coast area for the past fifteen years. He retired after conducting a pioneering Management Consulting practice in Brisbane. His current project is the establishment of the Sunshine Coast Literary Association Inc which is becoming better know as WARM ON THE COAST. This organisation aims to ultimately develop a publishing house in this region. He has also recently accepted an invitation to develop the process and plan the recommissioning of the historic Obi Obi Hall in the Obi valley and to write a book to be available for the centenary of the commissioning of the hall. He is a published writer and poet.

Debbie Scott
Debbie is an artist and qualified nurse. Her passion is working with schools and community groups to facilitate and create art works that communicate their ideas and values to the greater public. Debbie has recently been involved in a number of community projects including: Facilitation & Creation of the Friendship Wall 2000 at Yandina State School; Volunteer Art Teacher at Yandina State School and Nambour Christian College; and Volunteer Teacher at Yandina Cubs and Scouts and other Community Groups.

Allan Smith
Allan Smith is a local photographer with a lifelong passion for photography. He lives locally and has been a resident of the Sunshine Coast since 1986. He completed a Diploma of Photography at CSIT in 2002. Allan has a particular interest in community life, which inspires and is captured in his photos. In his role as a photographer Allan also sees himself as a social archivist recording the images of daily life. This was reflected in his first exhibition ‘Spirit of Maroochy’ in 2002 that showcased a spectrum of people who contribute to the community in diverse ways.

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