Artists wanted for silo art in Kaniva and Goroke

SILO ART: West Wimmera Shire is looking for two talented artists to be part of two exciting silo painting projects.
SILO ART: West Wimmera Shire is looking for two talented artists to be part of two exciting silo painting projects.

West Wimmera Shire is reaching out to talented artists to be part of two exciting silo painting projects.

The council is looking for mural and street artists to create a new artwork at the GrainCorp silos at Kaniva and Goroke.

Council received funding through the state government's 'Pick-My-Project Program' to develop new silo art installations across the West Wimmera Shire.

Silo art has transformed countless small country towns across the country, with some tourists travelling for hours to experience the art.

Towns such as Coonalpyn have seen a massive boost in tourism benefits since the completion of their eye-catching silo art, with countless tourists choosing to stop and spend extended periods of time in the small towns.

Chief executive David Leahy said tourism contributed almost $8.5 million towards the total $443.5 million economic output of West Wimmera Shire.

"Extending silo art installations into West Wimmera is seen as a significant opportunity to grow contribution," Mr Leahy said.

"West Wimmera Shire Council Shire Council aligns at a regional level with Wimmera Mallee Tourism Board and these new silos will be recognised as an extension of the official 'Silo Art Trail'."

Mr Leahy also said there were four silos at the site in Kaniva, with the potential artist expected to consider which silos should be painted to achieve the best possible outcome for the project.

The site in Goroke has three silos for the artist to consider.

A third location at Serviceton is still being developed for release to the market, hopefully later this year, with the aim that all three sites will be completed in autumn 2020.

The selected artist will be expected to enter into an agreement with West Wimmera Shire Council and GrainCorp.

The partnership will entitle the artist to work closely with the two organisations to refine final concept, the scale of the work, and installation timelines.

Mr Leahy said while there was no set theme for the silo art installation, artists should consider how to incorporate lighting or projection in the future, to add value to the artwork.

The new artworks will also be integrated with Wimmera Mallee Tourism's augmented reality app, which was currently operating at other silo art locations.

Artist submissions close on December 9, with a representative from each community set to help select the artists.

Residents who want to learn more information about the project can visit the West Wimmera Shire's website.