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Photo by Ben White

By Joshua Wells

A ROMSEY artist has called on the Macedon Ranges Shire Council to support local creators so they have a platform to shine.

Sand Art Gallery Romsey director Leo Vamvalis wants more space so artists can create their works but also proudly hold exhibitions.

The calls come after the Macedon Ranges Shire Council revealed a desire to create an Arts and Culture Strategy 2018-2028.

Mr Vamvalis – who owns the Sand Art Gallery business with his partner Rosie Gallicchio – said space is a crucial piece to the creative puzzle.

“We need it to provide space so we can create and hang our works,” he told The Free Press.

“That is what artists are looking for no matter their art form. They need a space to create their work and if the region wants an artistic culture there needs to be this room.”

“We are a town art gallery and we express our art through sand sculptures. We are self-funded and we don’t get much support.”

“We are doing it ourselves and no one supports us… if artists had the resources here we can help people achieve their goals.”

In recent weeks, the Macedon Ranges Shire Council has begun to push its call for submissions on the art strategy.

The decade long policy will help council decide how to promote, support and invest in art and culture throughout the region.

Council’s Director Community Wellbeing Karen Stevens said everyone’s feedback will help develop a strategy that supports the current and future needs of our community.

“We want people to consider the role that art and culture play in their everyday life – from library programs that they attend, through to participation in public art, musical performances and events at community halls,” she said.

“Our shire is a hive of creative activity, with active historical societies, dance groups, choirs, art groups, events and arts-based businesses all participating and contributing.”

“We’re looking to get a comprehensive overview of people’s ideas, challenges and priorities that will support our local arts and cultural economy and contribute to a sense of place that is important to our local community.”

Submissions close Thursday, February 1and it is anticipated that the draft strategy will be open for public comment in April 2018.

For more information, call Robyn Till on 5422 0333.