Celebrating our unique history with the Wauchope Bicentenary Riverside Sculptural Trail
Wauchope and the surrounding hinterland are steeped in history, and in partnership with the community, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council seek to bring this history to life in a unique space which the whole community can share.
The Wauchope Bicentenary Riverside Sculptural Trail, currently in development, will be a treasured feature of the popular Foreshore Walk in Wauchope, trailing the Hastings River and winding its way from Hastings Street to Rocks Ferry Reserve.
The project is funded with a $196,140 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
The Walk will depict the history of Wauchope with a particular focus of life on the river and encompassing Aboriginal as well as colonial history creative interpretation, sculptures, and creative seating set with a minimalist approach within the idyllic foreshore location. The Trail presents a unique opportunity to tell community stories in a creative, respectful manner that would result in a legacy to the Wauchope community.
A Reference Group of local stakeholders will inform project delivery and include representatives of the:
- Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council,
- Wauchope Chamber of Commerce,
- Wauchope District Historical Society,
- a Wauchope creative community member with experience in Public/Sculptural Art,
- Hastings Co-op, and
- Council staff.
Council received an overwhelming number of responses from local and established artists from outside the region through a formal Expression of Interest (EOI) program which closed on the 12th July 2020. A panel of local community representatives have reviewed the EOI submissions against pre-determined selection criteria and the art piece for each of the sculptural sites have been selected. The six sculptures will be installed along the Riverside Walk and in Rocks Ferry Reserve.
Public art can stimulate thinking, deepen sense of place and transform how we engage with spaces. The Riverside Sculptural Trail will include a selection of public artworks that showcase the rich history of Wauchope and the surrounding hinterland. Covering themes of history, culture, agriculture and indigenous heritage which depict the essence of Wauchope’s heritage and community.
The Trail includes five sites for art sculpture installations, which are indicated on the site map, as well as one site for a community arts project delivered in partnership with the Bunyah Local Aboriginal Land Council and local artist Jo Davidson, which will be integrated into the Playground area.
Project Officer Public Art
Phone: 02 6581 8111
This page was last updated on: 10 November 2020