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Community Arts

Prospect has had many creative individuals but it became a creative community in 1978 with the formation of the Prospect Mural Group by local artist, Ann Newmarch. This large group of volunteers painted seven murals around the city and was active until 1983.

In 1982 Kathie Muir was appointed Community Arts Officer to the City of Prospect; the first in South Australia. Together with Ann Newmarch as Artist in Residence, they organised "Where We Are", the inaugural Prospect Community Art Show, inviting anyone who lived or worked in the City of Prospect to showcase their skills in any area of arts and craft. This exhibition, and subsequent ones, was held in Prospect Library. Ann Newmarch was the first living Australian artist to be honoured with a retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1997.

As a response to the popularity of the first four Community Shows and the high level of community involvement in the arts, Prospect Gallery was built in 1988, opening with Community Show number five. The Gallery has developed a reputation for showing diverse, quality exhibitions each month and organises the ever popular Community Show every two years.

The Prospect Mural Group and the spirit it generated, virtually put Prospect on the map as a lively, artistic area with a strong sense of community involvement. Many projects and events have been developed by Prospect Council from this beginning:

  • The Stobie Pole Project
  • Prospect Fair
  • The Arts Path
  • Film program
  • Built Imagination
  • Artists in Residence
  • Twilight Concerts
  • Biennial Prospect Community Show

For more information on Community Arts, both past and present, visit the Prospect Gallery.


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