THREE Bathurst arts professionals have been selected to lend their expertise to the implementation of a new public art policy for the region.
Bathurst Regional Council has established a Bathurst Public Art Community Peers Register as part of its public art policy, endorsed in April 2019.
Arts OutWest CEO Tracey Callinan, Charles Sturt University education lecturer and artist Dr Peter Wilson and producer and performer Dr Kate Smith have been shortlisted from a field of 19 nominations to serve on council's public art program committee (PAPC).
Councillor Jacqui Rudge, a driving force behind the public art policy, welcomed the appointments.
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"We were overwhelmed that 19 members of the community responded to council's call (for peers register nominations) and all them had a broad range of skills and expertise," Cr Rudge said.
"The three community peers who have been shortlisted will help the committee in the public arts policy discussion but I'd also like to add that the remaining 16 interested persons will be placed on a peer register and will be called upon to advise the public arts policy committee on an as needs basis.
"We are well aware of what these people can bring to the table and we're certainly not taking that away. They will be called upon as their skills are required.
"I'm looking forward to getting this up and running and I'd like to thank everybody that's been involved."
A report to council by cultural and community services director Alan Cattermole said Ms Callinan, Dr Wilson and Dr Smith had been selected based on their "professional experience, understanding of art in the public domain, understanding of community expectations in relation to public art, vision, and broad skills base".
He said the PAPC would act in an advisory capacity to:
"Council is committed to creating opportunities for members of the community to contribute their skills and expertise to the activation of the public art policy through the development of a Bathurst Public Art Community Peers Register," Mr Cattermole said in the report.
"Members of this register will contribute expertise and advice to the Bathurst public art program committee (PAPC)."
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