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Happiness Appears across the City of Melville this weekend!

24 June 2020

A pop-up community art trail created by Melville residents will be spreading happiness in their neighbourhoods this weekend, Saturday 27 and Sunday, 28 June.

A pop-up community art trail created by Melville residents will be spreading happiness in their neighbourhoods this weekend, Saturday 27 and Sunday, 28 June.

Visitors are invited to follow the trail across the weekend and vote for their favourite artwork, with the community’s favourite  voted artworks set to receive $1,000 for first prize, $500 for second prize, and $250 for third prize.

City of Melville Mayor the Hon. George Gear said the Happiness Appears Community Art Trail was another project funded from the City’s Happiness Stimulus Package, which was created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic along with a $15million Community Stimulus Package.

“This weekend will bring colour and vibrancy to the community at the perfect time as the City progressively welcomes our community back to various sites with State Government restrictions easing.

“Happiness Appears Community Art Trail offers our community the ability to get out and about, explore our beautiful City and come together to celebrate the talent in our community.

“This project was initiated with the important purpose of bringing joy and people together where we can.

“I am excited to see artworks appearing across the City in our suburbs like Palmyra, Willagee, Brentwood, Applecross, Leeming, Attadale and Ardross, and share that with our community.

“I have heard whispers of a large scale fence created by Danielle Matthews, a Palmyra resident appearing on Adrian Street for the occasion, as well as a cheesy bus stop transformation on North Lake Road by Artist Jesus Ziegler!”

Working with local businesses and creatives, Brentwood shops will also host this weekend three community art projects run by Kardinya artist Kiya Kalem.

To view the online map and to vote for your favourite artwork, visit www.melvillecity.com.au/happinessappears.

Please note artworks will only be on display this weekend (Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 June).

Voting is open from 8.00am Friday, 26 June to 5.00pm Sunday 5 July 2020. Winners will be announced Tuesday, 7 July 2020.

The City gathered more than 90 creative suggestions for funding by the Happiness Stimulus Package, which were put forward via an interactive Ideas Wall on Melville Talks and through additional proposals from staff.

Things identified as bringing happiness included public art, music in the neighbourhoods, local activities where people can gather safely and supporting small local businesses and creative enterprises to move online.

For the latest updates on various projects selected to be funded by the Happiness Stimulus Package, please visit www.melvillecity.com.au/happiness

Image: Happiness Appears - Danielle Matthews

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