Yamanto Central is joining forces with local artists to curate temporary and permanent public art installations at the centre.
According to JMK Retail General Manager Vicki Leavy, “Ipswich is home to so many extraordinary artists and we are excited to be supporting them and sharing their work with our customers”.
“Yamanto Central is the perfect showcase environment.
“Thousands of people visit our shopping centre every week. Now they can experience an additional dimension … and enjoy the incredible world-class talents of our region’s local artists.”
Work by local artists Sally Harrison, Glen Smith, Cynthia Copley and Barry Neocleous will form part of the centre’s initial public art strategy.
“Our commitment to art forms part of our holistic approach to developing a strong sense of community and connection at Yamanto Central …” Ms Leavy said.
A major feature in the centre is Barry Neocleous’s work All Roads – a sculptural artwork which carves its way throughout the central mall area via a series of lines (tracks) etched into the centre bulkheads, representing the traditional paths walked by the traditional people of the region and connecting with contemporary society.
“Barry’s work encourages our customers to look up, to expand their vision and enjoy their experience within the centre. We are focused on ensuring our customer experience is more than just a trip to the shops,” Ms Leavy explained.
“The centre’s main entrance sculpture is still underway, to be unveiled before the end of the year, and will feature vibrant multicoloured representations of the delicate Birdwing Butterflies, formally prolific in the area but whose habitat has been significantly impacted.”
Ms Leavy said the centre was “committed to supporting and showcasing local visual artists” and were “delighted” to have artists such as Sally, Glen and Cynthia willing to showcase their work within our centre.