GALLERY: Festival adds polish to city's hidden gems

THE narrowest thoroughfares of Warrnambool’s CBD were transformed into walkways of wonder for Saturday’s Laneway Festival.

Kiri Hawkes, 8, and Oona Rice, 5, from Warrnambool, discover some clues during the Warrnambool laneways treasure hunt on Saturday.

Kiri Hawkes, 8, and Oona Rice, 5, from Warrnambool, discover some clues during the Warrnambool laneways treasure hunt on Saturday.

A few hundred people took the chance to explore the city’s laneways, with the sounds of four-piece Foxhow’s rambling folk music floating through Ozone Walk.

The F Project event, supported by Warrnambool City Council, Warrnambool Art Gallery and RMIT, was the third Laneway Festival day held this year.

In a two-hour treasure hunt, people were encouraged to move around the CBD through various laneways to collect different objects, including postcards, screen-printed dolls, confessional telephones and items emerging from pipes, cracks and niches.

F Project president Emma Charlton said the installations from digital artist Tim Umney and textiles artist Karen Richards had created a magical environment for people to encounter throughout the CBD.

“The whole aim was to get people engaging in the laneways in a way they wouldn’t normally, not just looking at them as thoroughfares but to take time to look at the nooks and crannies,” Ms Charlton said.

“It was good to see lots of families and get lots of photos of kids playing in the laneway. 

“It was quite magical.

“Around 100 groups of people moved through eight different laneways with things in them — some of them people could take away, some you just experienced.

“There were 60 dolls made for the art treasure hunt and within half an hour they were all gone.

“They’ve been taken home and now will become part of other people’s stories.”

She said the F Project was thrilled with the success of each Laneway Festival event this year.

“We’re blown away by capacity of artists in the community to come up with innovative and fresh ideas for things they think should be happening in our laneways,” she said.

Mia King, 8, and her sister Freya, 6, from Warrnambool getting clues from a telephone in Liebig Lane.

Mia King, 8, and her sister Freya, 6, from Warrnambool getting clues from a telephone in Liebig Lane.

“It’s playful. What else do you want to do on a Saturday but something that’s playful and fun?”

People listen to Foxhow perform in the laneway.

People listen to Foxhow perform in the laneway.

Timor Walk.

Timor Walk.

Foxhow performs near the Ozone Carpark.

Foxhow performs near the Ozone Carpark.

Becky McCann from Foxhow with bandmates Reagn Harris, Jo Brooks, Brett Holbrook.

Becky McCann from Foxhow with bandmates Reagn Harris, Jo Brooks, Brett Holbrook.

Art work by Karen Richards in Liebig Lane.

Art work by Karen Richards in Liebig Lane.

Artist Karen Richards, Jan Johnson and Jo Billings holding Germ Hankies from the Hankie Statue Tree Karen made.

Artist Karen Richards, Jan Johnson and Jo Billings holding Germ Hankies from the Hankie Statue Tree Karen made.

People listen to Foxhow at Koroit Lane.

People listen to Foxhow at Koroit Lane.