The City of Greater Bendigo’s $40,000 Creative Recovery Activation Fund has led to over fourteen new creative projects, supporting over fifty participating artists and creatives.
The local arts and creative industry has been one of the hardest hit sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Recovery Activation Fund was set up to provide opportunities for creatives to maintain and grow their skills and support those who have been unable to work due to cancelled public events and the closure of venues.
The successful creative projects were run as part of the Love Your Locals – Creative campaign.
Love Your Local – Creatives Campaign
The Love Your Local – Creatives campaign ran from December 2020 through to the end of 2021 and included art installations, performances in the park, pop-up recording studios, murals, scavenger hunts, collaborations with First Nations artists, exhibitions, artist talks, weaving circles, art trails and community engagement programs.
Dear Bendigo was a project proposal from from photographer, Michelle Dunn who invited community members to inspire, thank, congratulate or highlight their favourite part of Bendigo as a way to connect the community over the pandemic. Dunn recorded the contributions to create a projection that was screened across various locations across the city, including the Bendigo Library, the Emerge Culture Hub and in the window of the Emporium Creative Hub as part of the Love Your Local – Creatives campaign.