Caloundra Regional Gallery has won the prestigious State award for excellence in arts and culture at the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards.
Caloundra Regional Gallery was recognised at the awards for the TreeLine community eco-art program.
Cultural Heritage and Collections Manager John Waldron said gallery staff were thrilled with the announcement.
“TreeLine was a six-month community eco-art program delivered in 2010 in celebration of the Gallery’s tenth year. Caloundra Regional Gallery won the most contested category for organisations with staff of under five,” Mr Waldron said.
“Nominations are judged against criteria for innovation and leadership, outcomes in the community and best practice.
“TreeLine was a challenging, interdisciplinary and interactive art, science and community program that focused on the impact of lifestyle choices on the health of the planet.
“The TreeLine program comprised 45 events at over 30 locations across the Sunshine Coast, and connected with existing arts, heritage and cultural festivals and delivered new exhibitions and installations in the virtual, built and natural environments.
“The project enabled local and visiting artists to work with communities, local groups, schools and families, and involved many community and organisational partnerships in the creative process.
“The judges commended the Gallery’s educational and forward-looking approach in linking with existing programs and festivals and tapping into local resources through consultation with artists, community groups, teachers, scientists, Indigenous and community leaders to deliver a well-managed, sustainable regional event.”
Treeline Project Manager Kim Morland said it was a fabulous experience working with a wonderful team of gallery and council staff, volunteers and artists.
“The highlight for me was working with the many community and environment groups who embraced TreeLine with passion and enthusiasm as a means of educating and engaging people about a range of environmental issues,” Ms Morland said.
TreeLine is now a biennial event and is a lead initiative of Sunshine Coast Council’s Green Art Strategy.
In June 2012 TreeLine will have an extensive children’s program and will host an artist in school residency program and combined artist/student exhibitions.