Parkes Rotary Club Peace Precinct Commission
Location: Parkes, Central West (Arts OutWest)
Contribution: $3,000 – Country Arts Support Program (CASP)
In 2017 the Rotary Club of Parkes used CASP funding to build a peace precinct for Parkes, featuring artwork by local Indigenous artists Scott (Sauce) Towney and Scott Turnbull.
The new Peace Precinct at the Rotary Arboretum on Bushman Street in Parkes features carved artworks by two Wiradjuri artists.
Parkes is a Rotary Peace Community. The aim of this arts project is to construct a new peace precinct. The installation consists of five logs mounted upright and carved by local indigenous artists Scott ‘Sauce’ Towney and Scott Turnbull. Local artist Sean Cassidy coordinated the installation. The artists are also working on some metalwork which will be attached to each artwork.
The Rotary Club of Parkes received $3,000 toward the project in the 2017 round of the Country Arts Support Program. Rotary District 9700 (Parkes) also contributed funds and in-kind support towards the $15,000 project.
“The Peace Precinct improves the amenity of the Rotary Arboretum, marks Parkes as a Rotary Peace Community, and will provide a space for community members and groups to contemplate the meaning and value of peace,” Ken Engsmyr, Secretary of the Rotary Club of Parkes said.
The artists began work to construct the art works early in 2017. The artworks were then installed at the precinct with additional landscaping. A team of volunteers have been on site, planting out gardens to surround the artworks.
After the artworks were completely installed there was a dedication ceremony, and it is hoped the community will use the space as a focus for initiatives to promote peace locally, even nationally and internationally.
Organisations and individuals involved in the project have included David Hughes President of Rotary, Elizabeth Briton of Parkes Shire Council, the artists, Derek Hoe of Derek Hoe Excavations, and Tim McCabe G C McCabe Constructions.
“The project team has worked well together and are very committed to bringing the project home,” Mr Engsmyr said.
A version of this story originally appeared on the Arts OutWest website.
- 2 artists, one installation coordinator/designer – all paid
- 300 people attended events for the precinct
- 20 volunteers
- The artists Sean Cassidy, Sauce Towney and Scott Turnbull were commissioned to develop the installation
- The project had an Indigenous focus due to the concern that the peace initiative should have reconciliation with Australia’s First Peoples as a focus. Through the project, Rotarians became more aware of Indigenous issues, and drew the group closer to the Indigenous language program being conducted by local schools.
- Involvement and consultation with the Indigenous community with the project from the outset, as well as police, representatives of returned service personnel, and members of immigrant groups to grow community ownership of the Peace Precinct, and to improve respect, tolerance, and therefore, peace.
- The artworks and precinct provide the community with a legacy of local Indigenous art, culture and language as a key part of reflections on peace, community and reconciliation
For more information visit artsoutwest.org.au
The Parkes Rotary Club Peace Precinct Commission was supported by Create NSW’s (formerly Arts NSW) Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and local Regional Arts Development Organisations on behalf of the NSW Government.