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GrainCorp opens way for more silo art

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August 08, 2017

Cosgrove silo is one of a number of northern Victorian silos which has a blank face.

Brim Silo is part of the Silo Art Trail in Western Victoria.

After lending its support, and silos, to Victoria’s Silo Art Trail, Graincorp has signalled it is open to exploring future projects and hearing thoughts on how further silos can be transformed through art.

Corporate affairs manager Luke O’Donnell said the company had been inundated with inquiries following its involvement in the trail, which saw five Graincorp silos transformed into 30m tall portraits.

‘‘We’re definitely open to exploring more opportunities with the local community,’’ Mr O’Donnell said.

‘‘It will depend on the specific silos and the level of community support. In the past the silos have been led by a local community group that wanted to create a landmark and had engaged an artist.’’

While Mr O’Donnell said there didn’t necessarily need to be a trail created to display the silo art, he acknowledged the trail had created one of the largest art galleries in the world and allowed groups to go after funding for the project.

‘‘The Silo Art Trail received $200000 in funding from both state and federal (governments), that’s what has allowed them to do so many silos. Each silo can cost $40000 to $50000, with a majority of that cost the artist’s fee, given how difficult the canvases are to paint,’’ he said.

As a result of this price tag, he said any application to Graincorp would need to outline strong support from the community and a funding model.

A policy document published on Graincorp’s website last week has outlined the process for prospective applications, with community groups wishing to discuss a potential project with Graincorp required to provide a detailed design concept, an artist’s name and portfolio, details of local government and community group support, funding details and a proposed project timeline.

Artworks displayed on the silos should focus on the local community or its history, farming, grain and food production, life in a regional area or safety.

Previous artworks painted as part of the Silo Art Trail have featured local faces from each region.

‘‘We just think it’s a fabulous initiative for the whole region and a great way to honour history and embrace the future of what these regional towns offer Australia and Victoria as a whole,’’ Mr O’Donnell said.

‘‘This initiative gives new life to local towns, so we’re very supportive. It has really put silo art on the map.’’

■For further information, including guidelines for proposals, visit: graincorp.com.au/siloart

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