Our community arts projects use the arts as a tool to unite, empower, inspire and educate.
Immerse is a biennial exhibition program that defies the traditional confines of an art gallery. It is an opportunity to share art in unexpected places around Knox.
We worked with the community on the following:
Council ran a series of creative workshops with five Knox secondary schools and artist Niki Moko. A key installation at Knox Festival 2020, the Oceanic artworks created an underwater fantasy world transforming everyday materials into deep sea creatures.
Framed by Gender
Art installations and a program of innovative workshops that used art as a medium to engage in conversations about gender equality with the Knox community. The program was coordinated by Knox City Council, supported by VicHealth and run in partnership with many community organisations and local groups.
Connecting to Place, Connecting People
Artists, James Beattie and Carmen Davies, representatives from the Boon Wurrung, Bunurong and Wurundjeri Tribes and students from Bayswater Secondary College created a community mural for the Bayswater station underpass. Connecting to Place, Connecting People was created for Bayswater Railway Station as part of the Level Crossing Removal.
Perspectives on Place: Bunjil Way
Stories from the creator spirit Bunjil were beautifully and cohesively represented in a 16m mural on the Bunjil Way Bridge underpass.
Wurundjeri elder Bill Nicholson, Aboriginal artist James Simon and well known sculptural artist Benjamin Gilbert worked together to develop a life-size metal sculpture of Bunjil which was installed on the side of the Bunjil Way Bridge. Wings outstretched, Bunjil now overlooks his animals, sculpted by Aboriginal students from St Josephs College.
Local community members also contributed to this extraordinary project by helping to paint the mural and sow indigenous plants.
EcoChic: Knox Wearable Arts
Inspired by the Indigenous plant species, over 130 community members created an innovative wearable arts performance.
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