Search on for Strand Ephemera artists

Date published: 12 October 2018

Entries for Townsville’s Strand Ephemera in 2019 have now opened, with the biennial event one of the largest sculpture festivals in Northern Australia.

Acting Townsville Mayor Les Walker said Strand Ephemera is one of the most iconic arts festivals in the city but it also plays a major role in attracting tourists.

“Strand Ephemera helps to boost the economy by encouraging people to visit Townsville, which means more people staying in our hotels and eating at our restaurants,” Cr Walker said.

“That’s why Council invests in hosting these major events – whether it’s the Strand Ephemera or the Supercars – these events bring people to our city and help create jobs for locals.”

The event, which is in its 10th year, is managed by Townsville City Galleries. The previous Strand Ephemera in 2017 attracted over 155,000 to the seaside promenade.

Community and Cultural Development Committee Chair Cr Colleen Doyle said Strand Ephemera demonstrated Townsville is the arts and cultural capital of Northern Australia.

“People flock to The Strand to see the amazing sculptures that are that are created just for this event,” Cr Doyle said.

“We have a really strong arts scene locally and Strand Ephemera gives our city a chance to showcase what we can do.”

Local Councillor Ann-Maree Greaney said Strand Ephemera was also a huge hit with local families.

“The Strand is popular every day of the year, but it really comes alive for events like Strand Ephemera,” Cr Greaney said.

“It brings a lot of joy to local families and you can see people of all ages strolling along taking pictures of the amazing art that transforms The Strand every second year.”

Council plans to permanently install the LightFalls sculpture featured in Strand Ephemera 2017 on The Strand before Christmas.

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