ArtDrive tour a drawcard for region

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian

The Central Greenough Historic Settlement was packed to capacity last Saturday for the launch of ArtDrive — an art tour which invites people to drive around the Mid West.

The 270km route, which includes 22 installations, allows people to drive from Geraldton to Greenough, Walkaway, Ellendale Pool, and Mullewa and back to the city.

Mid West Development Commission chief executive Gavin Treasure said the project, along with the early wildflower season, would attract tourists to the region.

“It will make it a must-visit place in WA,” he said.

“We’re proud to support this project.”

Each artwork is centred on a theme of farming life, wildflowers or Aboriginal culture, and many installations incorporate recycled materials.

City of Greater Geraldton councillor Steve Douglas said the breadth of artwork was impressive.

“You will not be disappointed at the variety of art, the consistency with the themes and the appeal and creativity,” he said.

Two artworks received awards at the ArtDrive launch. Artists Rachel Weaver, Jane Greenlees and Andrew Mills won the award for the Walkaway and Greenough region for their installation, Recycling the Season, on Padbury Road.

Julie Freeman won the Mullewa award with her artwork, Benevolence, on Mingenew-Mullewa Road.

The Leaning Tree Community School’s From Seed to Tree, a Journey of Growth, and Roxanne Grant’s Tenindewa Standing were runners-up.

ArtDrive runs until the end of October.

The project is supported by the City of Greater Geraldton, Royalties for Regions and the Mid West Development Commission.

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