Local Indigenous artworks celebrated in Tulmur Place

The rich history and stories behind specially commissioned Indigenous artworks installed in the redeveloped Nicholas Street Precinct have been shared to officially launch the pieces.

The artworks were officially launched on Friday with Mayor Teresa Harding, Deputy Mayor Marnie Doyle, artists Lincoln Austin, Kim Ah Sam and Kyra Manktelow and Arts Alive teachers and students all in attendance to celebrate the artworks.

The artworks were created by Lincoln Austin, Kim Ah Sam and Kyra Manktelow who discussed the rich history and stories behind each individual artwork they created for the space.

The Tulmur Place public art installations include hanging fish traps (Fish Traps), a family of platypus sculptures (Platypus), Indigenous trade routes ceiling mural (Trade Routes) and a large sculpture (Standing) which is an interpretation of Ipswich’s floral emblem which lights up to a bright green at night.

Local art group Arts Alive also set up shop at the showcase with what they call a Draw-In. Easels were setup for their young artists and students who were encouraged to draw what they can see in Tulmur Place.

Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding said that public spaces like Tulmur Place are enriched by public art and create enjoyment for the people who use them, while promoting the creative sector.

“Council is delighted to provide a platform to showcase local art as part of our commitment to enable and advocate for a vibrant creative sector.”

“Public art captures our history and aspirations. It adds to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of our community.

“We can’t wait to see what the future holds for this space and the many more students, locals and tourists who can come and see the wonderful artwork Ipswich has to offer.”

Cr Doyle said council will continue to work closely with local art groups to ensure the space continues to inspire and create locally.

“These public art displays and installations deeply enhance our community spaces and provide important platforms for local artists to express their talents, stories and rich cultural heritage,” Cr Doyle said.

“Art in public spaces is critical to fostering community identity, creating a sense of place and connecting us with Indigenous and local history.

“We are committed to creating and working with local community art groups like Arts Alive in this fabulous new space to ensure it continues to inspire future generations to create and enjoy art.”


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