Provided as part of the Hobsons Bay COVID-19 Community Support Package, the NEW ART funding stream aimed to celebrate and support the local arts – our creatives, artists, and community – by creatively activating spaces and precincts across the city.
The NEW ART funding pool supported large or small-scale outcomes for projects like events, art installations, lighting projects (season dependent), permanent art projects and creative infrastructure projects. NEW ART will fund new creative projects for people to engage with, experience and enjoy.
Recipients of the NEW ART – Community Support Package
Born in a Taxi
This award-winning physical theatre ensemble was awarded $30,000 to set up ‘The Cube’ in Altona in November. A freestanding transparent art space, The Cube is both a stage for Born in a Taxi performances and a site for exploration and experimentation.
Venezuelan born designer and artist Carlos Almenar Diaz is a French-Australian citizen who has won multiple awards as an established banknote designer and contemporary artist. Almenar was awarded $30,000 to bring his beautifully vibrant Op-Art pieces to our footpaths and walkways, developing a series of colourful public art pieces that were installed on local footpaths in October 2022.
Kinetic Theatre Company
This troupe of street performers work across mime, stage acting, physical theatre, puppetry, improvisation, clowning and costume design. Kinetic Theatre was awarded $16,000 to bring moments of magic to Hobsons Bay with ‘A Snails Trail’. Starting in Newport and making their way to Altona, Yitsak the giant hairy snail and his friends traversed the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail over five days in May 2023.