ACCORDING to Creative Partnerships Australia, “Canberra is increasingly being seen as Australia’s art capital, with exhibitions such as Turner and the Renaissance drawing huge crowds.”
“CityNews” would beg to suggest that this town’s artistic energy does not begin and end with the National Gallery of Australia, but it has to be admitted that given CPA’s history, the organisation’s tendency is to think big.
Creative Partnerships Australia was created quite recently, following former Labor Arts Minister Simon Crean’s launch of the Creative Australia policy, from the merger of the Australia Business Arts Foundation and the Australia Council’s “Art support” initiative.
It is designed to explore new models of investment in the creative industries and stimulate partnerships between artists, business, private donors and the community.
Today it joined local businesspeople to launch the CityArt interactive iPhone app, which follows works of art in public spaces across the city.
Funded by local businesses ACTEW Water and Cre8ive through CPA, its development was, according to ACTEW Water managing director, Mark Sullivan, “a perfect example of one of the principles we hope to highlight through CityArt, which is the historic and ongoing donation of public art in Canberra by the private sector,” said.
“While many of the art works in Canberra have been commissioned through the ACT Government’s Public Art Program, there are a growing number of works that have been gifted by the non-government sector.” An example, he said, was sculptor Ante Dabro’s ‘Dancer’ in the plaza of Brindabella Business Park, which was commissioned by Canberra International Airport Executive Chairman, Terry Snow in 2005.
On show at the launch was a public artwork with the QR code, showing how people will be able to simply scan and then receive information about the artwork in front of them. “CityNews” can confirm the ease of downloading the app by entering ‘CityArt’ into the app store section of your Iphone.