Pyrenees Shire looks to a creative future

Published on 10 May 2023

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Pyrenees Shire Council is asking for help to design a creative community strategy that celebrates, nurtures, and promotes creativity in all its form across the region.

The Pyrenees Shire supports a rich and energetic creative community. As home to visual artists, writers, craftspeople, haybale-sculptors, big bands and choirs, the region boasts a diverse range of creative activities and events from music festivals to dance classes to markets.

Council regularly receives approaches from the local community as well as the broader creative industry, seeking to enhance and promote creativity within the Pyrenees. Such proposals have included the installation of public art, participation in a national art trail, the enhancement and promotion of exhibitions and the hosting of culture and music events and festivals.

The proposed Creativity in the Pyrenees strategy would seek to build on this foundation by facilitating a coordinated approach to growth in the sector. It would also aim to help define and protect the identity of creativity unique to the region and establish the Pyrenees as a location that fosters individual creativity.

“Starting with a blank canvas, Council is asking the community to help design a strategy that delivers on the needs of professional creative people, hobbyists and venue operators alike,” said Pyrenees Shire CEO Jim Nolan. “We want to understand how members of our community engage with creativity, what is working, what needs improving, and most importantly, what is the community’s vision for celebrating Pyrenees creativity into the future.”

To have your say on the future of creativity in the Pyrenees Shire, visit Council’s Engagement Hub.