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The four artists pictured with Mayor Cr Michael Neoh, from left: Fiona Clarke, Jessica Megs, Sarah Carrucan and Kate Gane.

Patloch Lane to be transformed

News Article Date: 
Friday, 5 June 2015

Leading local artists have been appointed to transform Patloch Lane in Warrnambool’s city centre.

The group of artists will create furniture, lightboxes, ground-level stencil art and a mural.

The work on the lane draws on the Hidden Histories Strategy adopted earlier this year by Warrnambool City Council.

“The work by the local artists Fiona Clarke, Kate Gane, Jessica Megs and Sarah Carrucan will continue the renewal of the city centre which is Council’s number one priority,” WCC Mayor Cr Michael Neoh said.

“We know our laneways hold enormous potential to add to the experience of being in the city centre.

“Already in Patloch Lane we have Nathan Pye’s stunning and very popular fish mural. The work over the next fortnight will build on that great beginning.”

The project was officially launched on Friday June 5 in Patloch Lane.

Fiona Clark said she was very happy to be involved in the city renewal and a key element of the laneway work, which has the theme “ocean links” would be a whale which was a significant part of Warrnambool’s identity.

“It’s great to be playing a role in this project,” she said.

“I can’t wait to get started.” 

Ms Clarke will work with Kate Gane on designs for the stencil art and lightboxes, Ms Megs will create a mural at the western end of the lane while Ms Carrucan will create the furniture.

WCC Manager City Renewal Tanya Egan said the Council worked with WAG and the F Project in selecting the artists for the project.

“One of the wonderful outcomes of earlier work by WAG in offering workshops in Warrnambool conducted by renowned mural artists is that Jessica was a participant in one of those workshops.

“Jessica is ready to take her work to a new level and her work will become a prominent feature within the CBD streetscape.

 “The theme of the laneway will be ‘ocean links’ and this was inspired by the overall ‘city to the sea’ theme identified by participants of the CBD redesign workshops held last year.”

The laneway will be closed to traffic while the project is under way.

Weather permitting work on the laneway is expected to be complete by Friday June 19.

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