We are thrilled to announce that we have been successful in our application to the Regional Arts Fund for our community arts project, the Prehistoric Nature Playground Mosaic.
Together Tactile Arts, Territory Wildlife Park, a group of local artists (and Tactile Arts Members!) community groups and schools will be creating handmade tiles themed around Australian plant and animal fossils. These tiles will be incorporated into a series of mosaics that will form part of a prehistoric nature playground to be installed at the Territory Wildlife Park. This project supports and promotes participation in, and access to, arts and culture in the Top End!
The project will also provide paid employment and professional development for our Local Artists. By installing the pieces at the Park, we can promote and showcase local artists’ talent to the community and enhance the experience for visitors. This project allows us to work together and provide something of value to our local community and visitors, overall strengthening arts presence and culture of the NT. We will also be offering free workshops to our members to get involved in creating clay fossils to be installed at the Park – further details to come.
Jasmine Jan from Territory Wildlife Park will be managing the project. Jasmine has successfully developed and run a number of community art/conservation education projects that has seen numerous artists and members of the various crafting groups and guilds participate. Territory Wildlife Park has been committed to showcasing and commissioning the work of local artists to enhance the already world-class animal/plant exhibits at the Park. We are excited to be working with both Jasmine and the Territory Wildlife Park on this great project.
Tactile Arts has worked collaboratively with Territory Wildlife Park on a number of community art/conservation education projects before including the Crocheted Coral Reef and Atlas Moth/Felted Forest projects both of which have received national media coverage. This is the first time however that Tactile Arts has successfully been awarded funding for a collaborative project with TWP and provides a greater opportunity for Tactile Arts and Territory Wildlife Park to continue building and raising awareness of the amazing creativity and skill of local artists, whilst showcasing their work and providing the opportunity for skills development in various art/craft mediums within the community.
The Regional Arts fund is an Australian Government initiative supporting the arts in regional, remote and very remote/isolated Australia. This program is delivered in partnership with the NT Government.