Casey artists recognised at Mayoral Arts Dinner: Issued 10 August 2012
MEDIA RELEASE: 10 August 2012
The winners of the 2012 Lindsay King Arts Initiative Award were announced at the annual Mayoral Arts Dinner at the Cranbourne Golf Club on Friday 3 August 2012.
City of Casey Mayor Cr Sam Aziz said the Lindsay King Arts Initiative Award recognised and honoured individuals who have made valuable contributions and had a positive impact on the arts in Casey.
‘I’d like to congratulate Anne Atkin for winning the Visual Arts category and Jean Heriot for winning the Performing Arts category’, Cr Aziz said.
‘Both women have shown outstanding commitment to providing opportunities for the Casey community to participate in the arts’.
Anne Atkin has dedicated 35 years to the arts in Casey including 29 years teaching art in schools. During the past six years she has pioneered the “Painting with Parkinson’s” initiative, which is now recognised Australia-wide and has been adopted in nine communities across Victoria.
Jean Heriot founded the not-for-profit Berwick Youth Choir in 1986. The choir provides quality performance and music education opportunities for children in Casey. As the conductor and musical director, Jean has helped to realise the aspirations of several
professional musicians in Casey.
During the Mayoral Arts Dinner Cr Aziz acknowledged the dedicated people behind the huge range of arts activities and programs on offer in Casey.
‘The City of Casey is committed to supporting the arts across our community whether it’s encouraging talented local artists and cultural ambassadors or facilitating new and exciting exhibitions, performances and displays’, he said.
Highlights of the 2012 Casey arts calendar include more than 100 artists and residents sharing ideas at the fifth annual Casey Arts Gathering in February; more than 900 children participating in jewellery making, painting and circus skills in the Arts Zone at the Casey Kids Carnival in March; the launch of The Photo Connection public art project at the upgraded Berwick Springs Sports Pavilion in June; and a successful Winter Arts Program including James and the Giant Peach performances in July.
Later in the year, the City of Casey will host the travelling art exhibition Kevin Hill’s “TOP TEN” Australian Artists. The Casey Guest Artist will be Neloo Kreltszheim.