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A time of reflection.



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A time of reflection The Reflections exhibition, featuring photographic images of an innovative community project to create artworks and cultural productions, was opened today (Saturday) at the Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.

'A youth festival, sculpture, public art display and the photographic venture are the impressive results of the ambitious project Channels - the Loddon Murray 2000 plus Cultural Development Program,' Federal Minister for the Arts and the Centenary of Federation, Peter McGauran, said.

'The efforts of more than 3000 people over the past 12 months are depicted in the photos, as well as a CD-ROM and a book about the 'Channels' program, which is centred around the use of water.

'The images give us an incredible insight into the life of the Loddon Murray community and provide a comprehensive record of the personalities and events that shape the region,' Mr McGauran said.

'The scale and scope of this project is extraordinary,' he said.

The Program's cultural and artistic activities include: · The Photography Project-Reflections; · The Youth Festival Project-The River of Life; · The Sculpture Project-The Flow; and · The Public Art Project-The Story Wall.

As a part of the opening ceremony, Mr McGauran officially unveiled a plaque celebrating the Federal Government's $50,000 grant to the Swan Hill Regional Gallery.

Through this Federation Fund grant, the Gallery has expanded storage facilities for its

permanent collection and improved the lighting in its exhibition galleries.

'The Gallery and the 'Channels' project demonstrate the rich, dynamic and diverse cultural landscape that exists in regional Australia,' Mr McGauran concluded.

Media contact: Jane Henschke 02 6277 7350 www.dcita.gov.au/mcgauran

19 February 2000