The Great ARTdoors Project to be featured along the Great Victorian Rail Trail between Tallarook and Mansfield is now looking for creative input.
Following community consultation about the scope of the $1.2 million project, the three local governments behind the project are looking for artists to be involved in the creation and delivery of the installations.
The trail attracts more than 130,000 users each year, including cyclists, walkers and horse riders.
Project organisers are hoping the art installations will attract more visitors to the trail and support communities along the way by building on its reputation as a tourist attraction and recreational space.
Artists and creatives, particularly First Nation artists, especially those with a connection to Taungurung, are invited to submit an expression of interest to be involved in the tender process.
The project, funded by the State Government Regional Tourism Investment Fund Stimulus Round, is being delivered through a partnership between Mansfield, Murrindindi and Mitchell Shire councils.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Bill Chisholm said the trail was a fantastic attraction for visitors to Mitchell Shire and the region.
“The art installations have real potential to encourage even more people to visit the region. We have many talented local artists in our region and I cannot wait to see their ideas pitched alongside some of the best artists in Australia,” he said.
“We are excited about the opportunity to explore ideas from artists across Australia and to see what ideas they have to celebrate the uniqueness of the rail trail and our local connections and stories.”
Murrindindi Shire Mayor Sue Carpenter thanked everyone who provided input on project in November last year.
“We are excited to now be seeking expressions of interest from artist across Australia to create the installations,” she said.
“If you are one of our many talented local artists or creatives, now is your chance to get involved. I also encourage community members with artist contacts to share this opportunity with them.”
Mansfield Shire Mayor James Tehan said the project was a great initiative enhancing a valuable community asset, drawing diverse visitors from across the region.
“This is a great opportunity to showcase your art and strengthen the Great Victorian Rail Trail,” he said.
More detail about the project, and how to express interest in the tender can be found at www.eprocure.com.au/murrindindi.