Young people, disability and community groups, along with The Entrance Men’s Shed have come together with their creative talents to create the Big Chair interactive art installations, which have been set up in five Central Coast town centres this Summer.
Five oversized wooden chairs have been constructed by members of The Entrance Men’s Shed and used as the canvas for artwork created by young people from Gorokan and Terrigal High Schools and The Epicentre Community Centre, plus a team from Fairhaven’s Australian Disability Enterprise Team. Each chair’s artwork is inspired by the unique identity of the local areas where they will be installed to engage the community and improve the visitor experience. Chairs will be located in:
- MacKenzie Reserve – Budgewoi (Weemala Street)
- Canton Beach foreshore – Toukley (Beach Parade, close to the intersection with Lakeview Parade)
- Woy Woy Wharf foreshore – Woy Woy (Brick Wharf Rd, near the playspace)
- Terrigal Beach foreshore – Terrigal (Terrigal Esplanade, next to Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club)
- Umina Beach foreshore – Umina (Sydney Ave, next to Umina Surf Life Saving Club)
The creation of the Big Chair project has brought various community groups and Council’s eMerge youth program into partnership. This program supports emerging artists and has provided an opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and showcase their talents to the wider community.
It’s great to see this creative endeavour come to fruition by the community despite the interruption by COVID restrictions this year.
The Big Chair art program has not only provided a creative outlet and important social connection for the creators but has also delivered an engaging art installation for the rest of the community and visitors to enjoy. We are encouraging the community and visitors to undertake the ‘Big Chair art trail’ across the coast, snap a photo of themselves on the Big Chairs and post to social media using #ccbigchairs and the relevant town centre hashtag : #lovetoukley, #lovebudgewoi, #loveumina, #lovewoywoy, #loveterrigal