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Artist announced for Weethalle Silo Art Project

Melbourne based artist Heesco Khosnaran has been selected to paint a mural on the Weethalle silos.

Heesco was one of nine artists from across Australia to lodge an expression of interest in the silo art project and was selected by a committee comprising Council and community representatives following an extensive short listing process.

After a project brief was developed by the committee, four short listed artists were each invited to submit a concept design for the project and it was Heesco’s stunning depiction of farming life in the Weethalle district which saw him awarded the contract.

Silo Art in Australia sprung to life last year in the small Victorian town of Brim. The artwork created by Guido van Helten has captured national and international attention and drawn thousands of tourists to the small town with a population of 261 people.

The economic benefits achieved at Brim led to a $200,000 grant from Creative Victoria to establish a Silo Art Trail encompassing six small Victorian towns which is currently nearing completion.

It is understood that the Weethalle Silo Art Project will be the first of its kind in New South Wales.

The $10,000 Bland Shire Council project is made possible by grant funding through the Country Arts Support Program, corporate and local sponsorship and the generosity and co-operation of the silo owners, Paul and Jenny Northey.

“Council has closely followed the stunning success of the silo art project at Brim and is excited to be able to work with the community and the silo owners,  Paul and Jenny Northey, to deliver  a similar initiative in the Bland Shire,” Bland Shire Council Director Corporate, Community and Development Services, Adele Casey said.

“This project will put Weethalle on the map and attract visitors to the Bland Shire from far and wide”.

Heesco brings to the project an impressive resume including major public artworks throughout Victoria including the recent Faces of Fitzroy project and the City of Maribyrnong StreetWORKS program, while he has been involved in major solo and group art exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Mongolia.

The project is set to be completed prior to the end of June with an official opening to follow soon afterwards.