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Celebrating Surf Coast Volunteers

2 November, 2002

Julie Dyre & Jayne D'ArcyThe Many Hands art project, which celebrates and acknowledges the work of volunteers, came to an end on Saturday with a sausage sizzle and the launching of a book celebrating the event.

2001 was the International Year of the Volunteer. All round the world, countries and governments acknowledged the work done by Volunteers within their communities in many different ways. The Federal and State Governments responded by allocating funds last year to be used on arts projects celebrating the work of volunteers.

Julie Dyer, Arts Development Officer for the Surf Coast Shire and other interested locals seized the opportunity and put together a submission for funding. They were successful and so began the 'Many Hands' project.

"The original idea was one central big sculpture", said Ms Dyer"But that was totally inappropriate, so we advertised for interested artists to submit ideas. The hands were an obvious choice".

Two artists were selected, Margaret Tozer of Jan Juc and Peter Day of Moggs Creek. Local writer, Jane D'Arcy was also engaged to put together a book about the project. Torquay, Anglesea, Lorne and Winchelsea were selected as the four locations were the resulting art work would be displayed.

In June this year, Margarot Tozer guided Torquay and Winchlesea volunteers through the process of decorating 'slump' glass and clay tablets with their handprints and some words about themselves. The glass panels can be viewed at the Surf Coast Library, Torquay. Winchelsea residents will have to wait until their new skateboard park has been landscaped, as the clay tablets they decorated are to be incorporated into the design.

Peter Day at workLandscape artist, Peter Day erected a gravel and concrete filled cylinder in between the Anglesea Community Hall and the ANGAIR clubrooms. Local volunteers were invited to place their hand mark on the cylinder.

As Jayne D'Arcy explains, "The hands are horizontal, yet climb up the cylinder, one hands fingers joining another hands fingers, the heel of a hand joining another heel around the cylinder"

Peter Day also oversaw the creation of the hand mural which now adorns an exterior wall of Lorne's Fig Tree Community House.

As the art was created, Jayne D'Arcy asked the participants to write down an anecdote about their life as a volunteer. These have now been collated and form the core of the Many Hands publication which celebrates the Surf Coast's Volunteers.

Copies of the book can be obtained from either the Surf Coast Shire Office, Surf Coast Library or your Community House.

If you would like to read the introduction of the Many Hands book small hand CLICK HERE.

Links & Contacts
Julie Dyer, Arts Development Officer for the Surf Coast Shire - 0419 152 20


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