Jan 1, 2013
Imprints 2012 was the second project to come from Art Central in 2012 realised through the Central Coast Arts and Community Partnership program. This program was funded by Arts NSW in a partnership with Regional Development Australia Central Coast, Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council and aims to increase professional arts activity on the Central Coast.
Imprints 2012 was about place and identity, the Central Coast's region's individuality, telling a collection of the stories from the area through contemporary art. The project started with two artists and a caravan travelling to 7 locations; requesting members of the public to step aboard and bravely share their story to Duke Albada and Michelle Blakeney, the two artists commissioned for Imprints 2012.
Duke and Michelle selected a story from each location as inspiration for each of the 7 locations, revisiting each location for two days and one night following their initial visit to create 7 contemporary art works, which were showcased at the Showcase of Imprints 2012 between the 16 - 22 November 2012.
The opening night drew a large crowd, which included members of both Wyong and Gosford Councils, business leaders and community members that were part of the Imprints 2012 project. The artworks were very well received and many people were able to draw parallels and connect with the stories and felt that this body of contemporary art work represented the Central Coast.
A massive thank you to everyone who made Imprints 2012 possible, especially the residents of the Central Coast Community who shared their story with us.
* Images courtesy of Michelle Blakeney - Imprints 2012 Artist.