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Baw Baw Shire and VicHealth are calling for Expressions of Interest from Baw Baw artists of any medium and Community Groups

Artists

  • Must live in Baw Baw Shire;
  • Able to facilitate a small art-making project in a group;
  • Up to 6 x 2 hour sessions, paid @$75/hour; with additional 8 hrs paid planning /research time. Total fee $1500
  • Training in public health/arts outcomes included.
  • Budget allowance $500 for materials.

Community Groups

  • Based in Baw Baw shire;
  • Diverse members, or open to including diverse membership
  • Desire to become a ‘Creative Node’ for this funded Vic Health project.
  • A story to tell creatively.

Up to 9 Baw Baw Artists are needed to facilitate small group projects in selected blocks of time over the next 12-14 months. Each project will run for 4 to 6 weeks but this of course is negotiable to suit each group’s needs.

The artist will lead a diverse group in a brief project that focuses on the creation of an artwork that tells a story, which will be turned into short films. These short films will be screened online, and projected in many local venues, such as libraries, shop-fronts, lane walls, or cafe walls.

Existing community groups who are already meeting for their social and mental health may express their interest in becoming a Creative Node, and being matched with anArtist Facilitator.

Local people who have lived in the area for a long time, or who have been very active in their social outreach to the community, may also express their interest in becoming a Creative Node Assistant, and being matched with an Artist Facilitator. These positions will be paid a small stipend and just help us with local knowledge and contacts into each community.

The impetus and major funding for this project has come from VicHealth, with the sole intention of increasing the accessibility of art making in the community, enabling those with a diverse background to take part. This grant’s underlying philosophy recognises current evidence for the positive health and wellbeing benefits of participating in art-based activities within a social setting. The project is also supported by Baw Baw Shire Council, the recipient of the grant from VicHealth.

More info available from Karen Whitaker-Taylor on 0407637721, or on email karen.whitaker-taylor@bawbawshire.vic.gov.au ; or Rebecca Vandyk on 0421017905, or on email artsandhealthgipps@gmail.com

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