Council secures Arts SA funding for mosaic mural

5th June 2020

Council secures Arts SA funding for mosaic mural.

MEDIA RELEASE - 5 JUNE 2020

Lifetime of Frienship WallCouncil has leveraged a donation from the former Kingston Country Woman’s Association (CWA) to attract Arts South Australia funding to develop a major mosaic project for Kingston.

Mayor Kay Rasheed said Council is delighted to partner with the former CWA group to develop this community-initiated mosaic. “An external wall of our Council Office will be the canvas for this project, which will be led by renowned mosaic artist Mike Tye and delivered by a keen volunteer base”, she said.

Mike Tye will also mentor local artist Katherine Lisk through the design, development and installation of the work, which will see skills development, lending benefit to future community projects.

The Kingston CWA Branch began in May 1936 and closed in June 2019. Upon their recent closure, the CWA gifted $15k to Council for the purpose of a community mosaic. The idea came to fruition as the remaining members wanted a place of permanent recognition for the Kingston CWA.  The proposed location, which was chosen due to its proximity to the original CWA building located at 53 James Street, was approved by Council in September 2019.

Since that time Council has been looking for funding to complete the project, estimated to be close to $40k.  “Not only will the public art produce a large-scale mosaic, consideration has been included for landscaping, paving and interpretive signage to complement the project”.

The former CWA members now call themselves the Kingston Friendship Group, which has paved the way for the project to aptly be named “Lifetime of Friendship”.

“The public artwork will recognise Kingston CWA’s contribution to the community for over 80 years and leave a visible legacy for any former members to admire, reflect and be proud of”.

“We see this project as an opportunity to bring members of the community together, building new friendships and developing new skills” the Mayor said. “The project will offer inclusiveness by reducing rural isolation and loneliness, provide social support and contribute to a feeling of civic pride.”

Chief Executive Officer Nat Traeger reflected on the aims of the CWA being to improve the conditions for country women and children and to try to make life better for women and their families, especially those women living in rural and remote Australia.  Ms Traeger said “how fitting that the project, largely funded by the former Kingston CWA, will be delivered using community cooperation and effort”. “This project will not only be a driving purpose in the lives of many locals, bringing them together to achieve an incredible landmark for the region and a legacy for their families” she said.

This announcement comes at a time when the Council is engaging the community on it’s draft Public Art Framework, which includes the community’s interest in developing mosaics and murals in Kingston. Feedback is being accepted until 5.00pm Monday 15 June 2020.  The following link contains the document and submission details:

https://www.kingstondc.sa.gov.au/our-council/public-consultation/latest-news/draft-public-art-framework-2020

Anyone wishing to become part of the volunteer team to deliver the “Lifetime of Friendship” project is encouraged to contact Nat Traeger on 0408 809 712.

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Contact: Nat Traeger
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER | KINGSTON DISTRICT COUNCIL
Phone: 08 8767 2033 | E: ceo@kingstondc.sa.gov.au