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ARTISTS from around the region will be further
celebrated and encouraged to showcase their art in
the community, under a new public art framework
currently out for community feedback.
The Draft Gawler Public Art Framework was
endorsed by Gawler Council at its November meeting,
with the finalised copy to be completed following the
end of public consultation later this month.
Gawler Mayor Karen Redman said the framework will
encourage artists, of all ages and levels, to showcase
their work in the community.
“A key theme in this draft document is the activation
of public spaces through various activities, events and
public art,” she said.
“The framework allows for broader participation by
the arts community and the wider community and
opens up the opportunity for a range of arts initiatives
that facilitates artist development.”
Some areas the framework highlights for potential
artist involvement include schools and other
community organisations/workshops, Gawler’s
February Fringe event, and the creation of major
permanent artworks, such as alongside town entrance-
The framework is an outcome of the previously
developed Gawler Arts & Culture Strategy 2016-
2025, which identified Gawler as a creative hub, Mrs
“A specific action within the Arts & Culture Strategy
is to ‘activate urban and recreational spaces through
the implementation of a public art policy and
encourage investment by business, community and
government’,” she said.
“The development of the Draft Gawler Public Art
Framework is in response to this action.”
Mrs Redman believed the framework is a positive for
local artists and the community, and it will ensure art
continues to be celebrated in Gawler.
“Once endorsed, the Gawler Public Art Framework
will provide the Town of Gawler and the broader
community a guide for understanding, developing,
commissioning and investing in public art,” she said.
“By investing in our community through public art,
over time we will see our town activated with a sense
of ‘vibrancy and welcoming’ to both resident and
To submit any feedback, contact linda.weiss@gawler.
sa.gov.au before Friday, January 27.
Poetry passes the pub test
ALEX Robinson expresses himself
through the written word publicly once
a month, at the Poets at the Pub poetry
Mr Robinson, a member of the Adelaide
Plains Poets, rediscovered his joy for
poetry after years on a hiatus from the art
“I started when I was in year 11 in school,
and then to my early working life it took a
back seat,” he said.
“Now, I’m making sure that I write on a
“I usually write in free verse, looking at
things I like, like social issues and things
that might be some social commentary for
the day – things along those lines.
“I get enjoyment in the pub poetry sessions,
but I prefer my poetry to be read by the
author, rather than read out loud, because
I tend to give multiple entendres and
meanings to words or contexts.”
Mr Robinson believes poetry empowers
individuals and gives everyone a voice for
the different issues that they may never
have thought about.
“I believe it is good for the soul, being able
to comment on social events and things that
wouldn’t necessarily be put out there,” he
“Every person has something to say, and
that could be about things anywhere from
different locations, to describing locations
in different parts of Australia, or even
To create his work, Mr Robinson has a
process, but he said sometimes things can
take unexpected turns.
“There is an objective of what I wish to
write and, whilst the finished product may
be a little different, it stands alone as a
creative expression about what you wanted
to say,” he said.
“Poetry gives a little more feeling for
whatever the matter is, and helps get across
what you think about.”
Mr Robinson said, similar to artists, poets
and other writers may be disappointed
their work isn’t being recognised, but
encourages individuals to continue to
believe in their work.
“Try and try and try again; don’t take it
to heart if your submissions don’t receive
recognition or are rejected,” he said.
“It is not a reflection of your work or of
you as a person.”
Poets at the Pub is held on the last Sunday
of every month between 2pm-4pm, at the
P/A Hotel on Murray Street, Gawler.
Alex Robertson utilises his laptop, as a new-age way of reading poetry.
PHOTO: Alec Urquhart
By investing in our community
through public art, over time we
will see our town activated with a sense
of ‘vibrancy and welcoming’ to both
resident and visitor alike.
- KAREN REDMAN
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