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Knox City Council offers wide range of theatre, arts, events and school holiday programs. Join us on Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list to receive all the latest creative news and things to do in Knox.

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Community and Public Arts

Current Project Opportunities

Public Art Project Manager - Stamford Park Public Art and Heritage Project

Knox City Council is seeking a qualified Public Art Project Manager for the delivery of the Stamford Park Public Art and Heritage Project, to be implemented within the Stamford Park redevelopment site in Rowville.

The Stamford Park Public Art and Heritage Project supports the ‘place-making’ features of the redevelopment, including the installation of public artworks, heritage signage and archaeological displays that echo the sites history and natural environment. The project will also as contribute to the spirit of the intended future use of the site, which will include a commercial restaurant, gardens ideal for events, and significant passive and active recreational and environmental zones.

Further information and how to apply can be found in the project brief. Read More

Applications close midnight Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Arts Project Facilitator, Arts & Cultural Services

Knox City Council currently seeks a skilled Arts Project Facilitator to support the project delivery within the Arts and Cultural Services portfolio.
The appointed contractor will facilitate and support a range of art projects currently planned by Council. This may include the following programs:

• Immerse exhibition program
• Public art projects
• Community art projects
• Festival arts projects
• Civic arts projects

The appointed contractor will also provide general support through providing opportunities for community engagement, advice and support to other teams and departments collaborating on projects and advice regarding arts marketing and promotion principals.

Further information and how to apply can be found in the project brief. Read More

Contract Period: 2 July 2018 to 31 August 2018.

Applications close midnight Wednesday 20 June 2018.

Art Programs

Community and Public Arts involves working with community and for community in public spaces. The Immerse exhibition program and the Wall to Wall Mentoring program are examples of annual programs that not only develop local engagement with the arts in Knox but also give a platform for local artists to develop and exhibit their works.

With the recent development of the Public Art Policy Knox City Council is embarking on a Public Art Program. The Public Art program is managed by Community Arts. As well, the Civic Art Collection and Placemaker Legacy art collection are managed by the Community and Public Arts Officer.

Art projects are continually created throughout the year. Projects such as Touch this Earth Lightly, Suburban Bloom and Wearable Arts have been developed in collaboration with other Council departments to assist in the communication of important community messages and ideas that help improve community members’ lives.

Community Art Centres

Knox has two community arts centres that provide a range of art classes and activities each term including pottery, yoga, dance and school holiday programs.

Knox Community Arts Centre

Knox Community Art Centre

The Knox Community Art Centre has been entertaining audiences for the past 40 years with a wide range of professional and amateur theatre including opera, cabaret, dance, circus, cinema, children’s theatre and music.

The Centre’s commitment to developing partnerships has played a huge role in developing the calibre of the theatre shows within the City of Knox and partnerships to date include The Arts Centre Melbourne, Opera Australia, Deaf Children Australia, Australian Jazz Museum, La Mamma Theatre and Deakin University. As well, the Centre maintains a strong sense of community ownership and has assisted many amateur theatre groups to stage their performances.

The centre boasts a contemporary foyer complete with the 20Twenty exhibition and gallery space, a public sculpture, accessible entrance ramp and front deck and landscaping.

Address: Cnr Mountain Highway and Scoresby Road, Bayswater. Google Map
Phone: 9729 7287
Email: knoxarts@knox.vic.gov.au
Website: knox.vic.gov.au/kcac

Ferntree Gully Arts Centre

Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre

Nestled in a peaceful bushland setting, the Ferntree Gully Community Arts Centre is the perfect venue to explore your creativity. It presents a range of art classes and workshops with a focus on pottery for adults and children. The venue is available to hire and shares the building with the local Ferntree Gully Library.

Address: 1010 Burwood Highway, Ferntree Gully. Google Map
Phone: 9758 9180
Email: knoxarts@knox.vic.gov.au
Website: knox.vic.gov.au/ferntreearts

Knox Festivals and Events

Knox City Council facilitates a range of community festivals and events each year located at various venues across the municipality. Major events include Knox Festival, Stringybark Festival and Carols by Candlelight.

Knox Festival

Knox City Council kicks off its festival season at Wally Tew Reserve, Ferntree Gully with its premier art making event on the first weekend of March each year.

Visit the Knox Festival page

Stringybark Festival

In the third weekend of October the Stringybark Festival takes place in Rowville. Now in its 31st year, this sustainability event will continue to inform and empower the local community to make achievable changes in their daily lives that contribute to a more sustainable way of living.

Visit the Stringybark Festival page.

Carols by Candlelight

Knox Carols by Candlelight is Melbourne’s largest Christmas Carols celebration outside of the Myer Music Bowl and the largest single-day event in Knox, with over 200 performers dazzling a crowd of more than 15,000 at the Wally Tew Reserve in Ferntree Gully.

Visit the Knox Carols by Candlelight page.

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