Lost for words but not funds
JORGE Pujol was completely surprised when the Chronicle met him yesterday to talk about an $18,000 grant for Art for Earth.
The Hervey Bay artist was lost for words but more than happy to accept the Federal Government funding, for which he had applied through the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre a few months back.
The money falls under the Regional Arts Fund and was announced by Arts Minister Peter Garrett as part of almost $200,000 for regional and rural projects.
Mr Pujol will put the dollars into artwork the community can help create including a mural at the Hervey Bay PCYC.
He also wants to start using fibreglass for outdoor sculptures and hold workshops for youth.
“To me an artwork represents something and means something,” Mr Pujol said. “It is not something that looks good. It needs to have a meaning; something people can interpret.”
Mr Pujol also plans on bringing a 19-year-old Rwandan boy, Yannic Tonna, to the Fraser Coast to talk to school students about his experience surviving the 1994 genocide.
Art for Earth is raising money to cover Yannic’s airfares so he can be here in March in time for the Fraser Coast Cultural Festival.
Mr Pujol started Art for Earth in 2000 after moving to Hervey Bay from Argentina in 1994.
The initial aim of the group was to create art with recycled material but it soon expanded into inviting the community to take part in projects, including Mr Pujol’s installations.