Geraldton self-drive art tour cancelled for 2018

Staff reportersGeraldton Guardian
Joy Graham and Glenyce Miller's Flock Art Jamboree was one of 22 art installations featured in the City of Greater Geraldton's ArtDrive in 2016.
Camera IconJoy Graham and Glenyce Miller's Flock Art Jamboree was one of 22 art installations featured in the City of Greater Geraldton's ArtDrive in 2016. Credit: Francesca Mann The Geraldton Guardian

A self-drive art tour in Geraldton has been cancelled because not enough people were willing to create art installations.

Expressions of interest for ArtDrive were invited in April but when the minimum 30 applicants required to continue the event weren’t received the City of Greater Geraldton decided to cancel it this year.

The event, which encourages people to travel along the Brand Highway to nearby towns where artists and community groups have installed sculptures and artwork, has been held annually for the past two years.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said while there would be no ArtDrive this year, there were still plenty of other artistic opportunities on offer.

“It’s definitely disappointing that we didn’t get the positive response about ArtDrive that we had in previous years, however, the City still have great public art initiatives in the pipeline and on the go,” he said.

“Currently we have expressions of interest open for a new project – the Christmas Tree Trail – and will have more later in the year.

“I hope that ArtDrive can come back in the future because people in our community and state absolutely love it.”

Mr Van Styn said a decision had not been made on where the budgeted money for ArtDrive would go but it would still be committed to art.

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