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Local Artist Spotlight: Alison Tedesco

Wednesday 18 November 2020

Visual artist and Frankston City Council grant recipient, Alison Tedesco

Artist Alison Tedesco’s passion for Frankston will be reflected in a series of paintings including our laneways, the Frankston Mechanics Institute, the Grand Hotel, street scenes and more.

She is excited to work on her pieces thanks to an Artist Project Grant from Frankston City Council.

“I moved from Sydney to Frankston six years ago to be closer to relatives who lived in the area. My family and I have not ‘looked back’ since. We love the beaches here, which we showcase when friends and family come to visit us,” Alison said.

The inspiration for her art project include Frankston’s significant landmarks, the pier and bay.

“I’m proud to live in Frankston and I know its community is, too. This particular avenue of art I hope represents all that Frankston is and what we have come to love about our suburb and surrounds,” Alison said.

While Alison has explored mediums including oils and acrylics, her medium of choice is watercolour.

She is keen to share her love of Frankston with the wider community and contribute to a sense of pride.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to have my work seen by a broad section of people. I hope it gives the community a sense of pride to see their surrounds in art – encouraging a sense of inclusiveness and connection.”

Alison said being recognised with the grant had given her a major boost. “It’s great to be supported by Frankston Council in my arts practice. This allows not only the opportunity for new work, but also fosters new partnerships and collaborations between local artists, residents and community groups.”

Frankston City Council has significantly expanded its Community and Business Grants program this year to support up to 16 artists and creatives.

This was a result of the $6.434 million Relief and Recovery Package, which the council created to help Frankston City recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The arts grants are designed to help artists and those working in creative industries to pursue their passion while delivering culturally important work to the community.

They included Artist Project Grants each up to $4000 for eight artists to develop new works that can be presented online, on location or at a venue when restrictions allow.

There were also a further eight Creative Industries Professional Development Grants, each up to $2500, to support artists via further training, career development activities, mentorships and workshops.

Second round grant applications are now open for the Creative Industries Professional Development Grants stream, and will close on Friday 4 December. More information is available here.

Arts grant recipients must complete their projects by June, 2021.

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