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Get Lost Quick in the Collective

Young man paints a pinstripe design on a hot rod.

Tuesday 14 July 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is very pleased to announce the ten recipients of funding support through its rapid response Get Lost Quick grants program.

Get Lost Quick will help fund a wide range of new creative activities and services, with ten being each awarded a $1000 grant.

Many of the funded projects will reveal and celebrate past and emerging stories from Jaara country. These include Lisa D'Onofrio’s research to celebrate historical and contemporary local women; Jan Wositzky’s reignited, “Storyteller's Guide to the Goldfields”; Wide Open Road Art’s “Connects” cultivating our sense of home; and Martin Lee and Wally Gunn’s sound installation at the Castlemaine Railway station amplifying our untold travel stories.

Shedshaker Brewery’s “LOVE YOUR LOCAL” performances and The Village Festival’s “Drive-in Fire Show” will engage a large number of local creatives and help us as a wider community come together safely.

Capacity building across sectors is also a key focus of the program, with Castlemaine Hot Rod Centre’s “The Art of Pinstriping” reviving a renowned Castlemaine trade and Kate Gamble’s “Re-thinking the Streets” creatively tackling social distancing needs.

Sach Motee’s “Castlemaine Electronic Workshop” will build professional development pathways for our electronic music sector and Punctum Inc.’s “the Way-the Water-the Walk” in partnership with Castlemaine Art Museum and Castlemaine Secondary College are collaboratively responding to crisis-led complexities.

Demand for Get Lost Quick grants was significant, with Council receiving 30 applications over a five-day period. The quality of submissions across the board was of a high calibre and grants were awarded to those activities and services that are seeking to achieve a wide range of community outcomes.

Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Vicki Anderson was delighted to see that so many across the community were able to apply for Council’s support.

“At any time of year, under any circumstances, there is so much incredible work happening across our shire, so it’s great to see everyone just getting on with what we do best,” said Ms Anderson.

“I am so grateful to the whole sector and to the Get Lost community working group – Creative Producer, Sam Thomas, and the teams at We Push Buttons and Storyland – for their ongoing support in bringing the Get Lost initiative to life,” she said.

Sam Thomas said the diverse and accessible program of creative projects is breaking new ground.

“This demonstrates our capacity as a community to act beyond our individual needs and embrace the power of the collective,” said Mr Thomas.

“During this exceptional time it is important that we focus on our shared experience, on what brings us together.

“The creative arts are a great vehicle for us to reimagine our surroundings, and the sense of anticipation of what is possible is energising," he said.

Council encouraged applications to build a “pipeline” of creative projects and services seeking investment. Creative people are encouraged to keep providing information through the Get Lost platform, to continue to build a picture of cultural activities and services being developed across the shire.

Council and the Get Lost community working group will continue to work with all Get Lost Quick grant applicants and other local creatives to help enable the important collective cultural work underway under COVID-19.

Thanks to all who applied to Get Lost Quick and congratulations those who secured Council’s funding support. Find out more at www.getlost.org.au.

Image: the funding towards reviving the renowned Castlemaine trade of pinstriping. See attached image of Lincoln Camilleri demonstrating the work (Image by Larry O’Toole).

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