CASP stories: Celebrating Wiradyuri Culture

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The Rotary Club of Parkes used CASP funding this year to help build a peace precinct for Parkes, featuring artwork by local indigenous artists Scott (Sauce) Towney and Scott Turnbull.

Thinking of applying for Country Arts Support Program (CASP) funding for a local project? Here’s another great example of real-life work made because of CASP support.

The new Peace Precinct at the Rotary Arboretum on Bushman Street in Parkes will feature carved artworks by two Wiradjuri artists.

The artworks and park were officially opened June 28.

Parkes is a Rotary Peace Community. The aim of this arts project is to construct a new peace precinct. The installation will consist of five logs mounted upright and carved by local indigenous artists Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney and Scott Turnbull.  Local artist Sean Cassidy has coordinated the installation.  The artists are also working on some metalwork which will be attached to each artwork.

Two of the artworks being carved.

The Rotary Club of Parkes received $3,000 toward the project in the 2017 round of the Country Arts Support Program. Rotary District 9700 (Parkes) also put funds and in-kind support towards the $15,000 project.

“The Peace Precinct improves the amenity of the Rotary Arboretum, marks Parkes as a Rotary Peace Community, and will provide a space for community members and groups to contemplate the meaning and value of peace,” Ken Engsmyr, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Parkes said.

Read more about the concept Rotary Peace Cities/Towns. 

The artists began work to construct the art works early in 2017. The artworks were then installed at the precinct with additional landscaping. A team of volunteers have been on site, planting out gardens to surround the artworks.

“The process of delivering this project has been important in itself through bringing together several locals and local organisations. Importantly there is a focus on reconciliation with the First Peoples of Australian with Wiradjuri Indigenous artists producing the artworks, Mr Engsmyr said.

After the artworks are completely installed there will be a dedication ceremony (planned for 28 June at 11am) and – it is hoped – the community will begin to use the space as a focus for initiatives to promote peace locally, even nationally and internationally.

Mounting an artwork in concrete support plinth.

Organisations and individuals involved in the project have included David Hughes President of Rotary, Elizabeth Briton of Parkes Shire Council, the artists, Derek Hoe of Derek Hoe Excavations, and Tim McCabe G C McCabe Constructions.

“The project team has worked well together and are very committed to bringing the project home,” Mr Engsmyr said.

Artworks installed – propped because the concrete is still wet. Metalwork to be attached.

This project is supported by Create NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Outwest on behalf of the NSW Government.

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