Multiplex and Stockland celebrate local art at Green Hills
Multiplex and Stockland today celebrated local Maitland artists at an on-site award ceremony for “The Impressions of Maitland” art competition, held at the Stockland Green Hills Connectivity Centre.
The competition was designed to celebrate the creative talents of people registered with job providers at the Connectivity Centre and promote artistic endeavors within the Maitland community. A total of 14 participants entered the competition, with a mix of artworks reflecting their view of the Maitland area.
Mayor of Maitland, Peter Blackmore, announced the winner of the competition, Brierty Dorahy for her artwork ‘Magpie in Maitland’. Brierty’s work focuses on patterns created from natural elements found in her local community of Maitland. Leaves, feathers and bottle brush blossoms are some of the elements she has used to explore mark making.
Her winning artwork will now be transformed into a nine metre wide hoarding, to be unveiled on Thursday 27 April at the first stage opening of the $412 million redevelopment of Stockland Green Hills. The artwork will remain on display to customers until the end of August, offering the artist a unique opportunity for exposure to the public within the shopping centre.
Competition judge and local artist Karen Robinson Smith congratulated the winners and entrants for their unique works.
“The judges were very impressed by the high standard of artwork submitted to the Connectivity Centre Art Competition, it made the judging process very challenging and very exciting. We all look forward to seeing these artists represented in local galleries widely and wish them every success in their future artistic journey,” said Ms Robinson Smith.
David Ghannoum, Multiplex NSW Regional Managing Director, said the initiative demonstrates the company’s commitment to leaving a positive legacy in the communities it works within.
“We are proud to continue our work with the Connectivity Centre to engage with the local community. The art competition has highlighted the diversity of people in the Maitland area and created unique local artworks, which are now on display for the entire community to enjoy,” said Mr Ghannoum.
“We value the significant talent of these individuals and encourage them to continue with their artistic endeavors.”
Chris Travers, Stockland Green Hills Centre Manager said: “The Stockland Green Hills Connectivity Centre is not just about finding jobs for now, but providing the skills for later and this art competition is a perfect example of this idea in action. We are proud to work with Multiplex on this initiative which celebrates the diverse talents and skills of the wider community.”
An initiative of Stockland and Multiplex supported by yourtown, the Connectivity Centre is a whole-of-community approach bringing together local employment providers, Maitland City Council, local employers and community groups to provide opportunities for the local community resulting from the Green Hills shopping centre redevelopment.
Members of the community that are keen to learn more about the centre including employers and job seekers should visit the centre between 9am and 5pm or email: [email protected]