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Art Connect South Gippsland

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Art Connect South Gippsland is a vibrant arts advocacy group, nurturing creativity and fostering an inclusive space for artists at every stage of their journey. A platform to celebrate, encourage, and champion art in regional Victoria, this community initiative has introduced a needed space in Gippsland where artists converge to explore, learn, and collaborate.

The essence of Art Connect South Gippsland lies in its inclusive ethos, welcoming evolving, and established artists alike. For the evolving artist, it serves to push boundaries and unearth their unique voice. Meanwhile, established artists find a supportive environment to showcase their work and artistic statements.

At the heart of Art Connect South Gippsland is a spirit of collaboration and networking, where artists come together to create, mentor, share, promote, facilitate, and learn from one another.

Initiated by two Greek Australians, George Manis (founding director) and Tony Parisi (office bearer/artist), the Art Connect committee also includes Nicole Smith (media advisor/photographer), and Jill Bartholomeusz, all providing a wealth of experience, support and dedication to this artistic venture. Additionally, the guidance of advisors Doug Cain, Sarah Mackay, and Rowena Ashley further enrich its endeavours.

Art Connect South Gippsland actively facilitates and organizes events, providing a platform for artists to showcase their talent and engage with a wider audience. Although recently founded, its efforts have been recognized by nominations for the Community Event of The Year in both 2022 and 2023, a testament to its contribution to the local art/cultural landscape.

Launched in 2023, The Art Connect South Gippsland Art Trail was nominated for an Australia Day 2024 Community Event of the Year Award.

The open studio Art Trail was highly successful in achieving its following objectives-
1. Attracting visitors to regional Victoria (South Gippsland), promoting the region’s creative industries—artists, galleries, and hospitality providers
2. Showcasing the diverse range of fine arts and crafts, making artists’ works more accessible to the public through artists’ open studios and various hospitality venues offering exhibition space, creating opportunity for interaction between locals and visitors and allowing glimpses into creative processes
3. Fostering collaboration within the arts community and between other sectors, such as connecting artists with each other, with local galleries and art groups in different towns
4. Contributing to arts businesses and activities by creating new income streams for artists, such as selling their work through the Arts Trail
5. Engaging with Shire Councils to facilitate the Arts Trail Event as an ongoing annual event
6. Identifying/developing a comprehensive database of practicing regional artists in South Gippsland

Art Connect South Gippsland’s events have been proudly supported by local Shire Council and Regional Arts Victoria, strengthening its connection to a broader artistic network and resources.
Art Connect South Gippsland isn’t merely an organization; it is a collective passion that thrives on the amalgamation of diverse artistic expressions, fostering an environment where art is nurtured, celebrated, and cherished. It is a catalyst for creativity, and a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives.

News & Media
Art Connect South Gippsland: Celebrating art and community, The Greek Herald, 19 January 2024

Events/Publication links
Visit South Gippsland
Sentinel Times
South Gippsland Shire Council