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Public art activity to stimulate creativity in Singleton’s CBD

The sky is the limit for the future of Singleton with a new activation set to kick off in Bourke’s Arcade.

It’s the latest laneway to be targeted as a creative canvas under a $500,000 NSW Government Streets as Shared Spaces grant.

And, everyone is encouraged to participate.

Launching on Tuesday 9 March, ‘Shadowgram’ is a social brainstorming activity that invites people to paste a cut-out of their shadow on a wall together with a thought bubble about where they see Singleton in the years to come.

The result will be one large, public artwork encapsulating a vision for Singleton.

Powered by the University of Newcastle’s Future Art, Science and Technology Lab in partnership with Art Thinking and Ars Electronica, Shadowgram is the first in a series of cutting-edge activities to connect and inspire people of all ages in our community.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the Streets as Shared Space funding allowed the local community to have a relaxed and inviting public space.

“This is an example of the government fostering our regional and rural communities; and ensuring that our local town remains a thoroughly enjoyable place to live,” he stated.

Singleton Council’s director organisation and community capacity Vicki Brereton said the Living Laneways Project was the perfect opportunity to experiment with public space and art as well as promote greater engagement within the town centre.

“It’s the first program in the lead-up to the launch of the Arts and Culture Centre in spring this year,” she explained.

“We’re painting the picture of Singleton and the canvas is our streets and laneways.

“Shadowgram is a fun, participatory activity and a visual representation of how our community sees the Singleton of tomorrow.

“This is just the first of many activations planned for this year in the CBD to generate conversation and contribute to the dialogue of the future of our local government area and celebrate our creative life and identity.

“We’ll also be closing Burns Lane to traffic for a period of three months from 12 April, unlocking the public space through temporary street installations, artwork, music and projections.

 “Local artist Sally Hinchliffe will be transforming Evidence Lane with an ocean-inspired mural – the perfect backdrop for our local surf shop – accompanied by a crowd-sourced video project called ‘Beehive’ in June, and Tre Bella Laneway will become acoustic alley between July and August with a movement-activated sound installation.

“We are really looking forward to our community participating in and being inspired by these cutting-edge activations and getting their input into what they want the future of Singleton to be like.”

The Living Laneways Project aims to reconnect community to business, generate a sense of local identity to the laneways as well as bring much-needed reactivation to the public spaces in Singleton.

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