Website creates online arts community for south-west

A NEW website has been set up in the hope of providing a centralised hub for the south-west’s thriving arts community.

The South West Arts Atlas aims to mimic a similar project launched in the Central Highlands area by Ballarat City Council.

It provides a website for people and organisations to promote events, exhibitions, workshops, facilities and artists and is expected to feature a monthly arts newsletter.

The project is being run by the Great South Coast Regional Arts Victoria Partnership, which is supported by the councils of Corangamite, Glenelg, Moyne, Southern Grampians, Warrnambool, and Colac Otway.

Regional Arts Victoria facilitator for the south-west Jo Grant said the new website aimed to connect local artists and organisations, create opportunities, and provide a platform for the sharing of information.

“The website will provide the public with access to what is happening in the arts in the region while providing a central hub for artists to connect, interact and collaborate with each other,” Ms Grant said.

“Links to funding sources and resources for the community will also be featured increasing information sharing and cultural knowledge in the south-west.

“It is envisaged that the website will not only be used by artists to connect but also by the wider public to stay informed about the large amount of events and talented artists who reside in the south-west of Victoria.”

The website can be viewed at artsatlassw.com.au and a series of information sessions are being held across the region over the coming month to inform artists and organisations about it.

The sessions will be held in Port Campbell, Casterton, Portland, Port Fairy, Mortlake, Camperdown, Hamilton, Warrnambool, Balmoral and Tyrendarra and will be followed by hands-on sessions to help people upload their profiles. The dates and time can be found on the South West Arts Atlas website.

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