The Coorong District Council’s award-winning arts program continues to go from strength to strength with the launch of a community gallery at Meningie.
It will be the second community gallery to open in the region in just three years, creating more opportunities for the Coorong’s talented artists to have their works added to the cultural experiences on offer to visitors.
The exhibition infrastructure has been installed at the Meningie Information Hub, with the new space dubbed the Meningie Gallery.
The gallery has already hosted its first exhibition, a solo exhibition by Meningie artist Rosa Merlino, as part of the broader ‘Source to Sea’ exhibition event held throughout the state.
It joins the Coorong Gallery, which was created in the Tailem Bend Civic Centre in 2014 as a way to create a community space in the council’s chambers.
The Coorong Gallery has hosted a raft of local exhibitions and has secured its first international exhibition – “Let Me Be Myself – The Life Story of Anne Frank” - for September 2018.
Council community and corporate director Nat Traeger said art and cultural activities were a risk that had paid off for the community.
“This region has been built on agriculture and industry, but our stories are told by our artists,” Ms Traeger said.
“When council first wanted to invest in arts projects just a few years ago, that was a huge risk we weren’t sure the community would embrace.
“Fast-forward to today and our arts projects have put our region on the world map, and created opportunities for the incredibly talented artists who live in our communities to show – and sell – their pieces to larger audiences than ever before.”
The council is now calling for expressions of interest from artists or community groups wanting to exhibit in the Meningie Information Hub.
Forms are available from the council’s website under the Meningie Gallery section, or by phoning 1300 785 277.
“When council first wanted to invest in arts projects just a few years ago, that was a huge risk we weren’t sure the community would embrace.”