International artist inspires arts excitement in Sunshine


Brimbank City Council and partners invite the community to get involved in an exciting series of arts initiatives that celebrate the approaching installation of the iconic artwork Man lifting cow.

Brimbank Chair of Administrators John Watson said the installation of the bronze sculpture by internationally recognised artist John Kelly in Sunshine this September was a landmark arts project for Brimbank and the Western Region.

“It is wonderful that we have the opportunity to involve residents across Brimbank in the excitement being generated by the Man lifting cow project by inviting them to participate in three community arts initiatives,” Mr Watson said.

“These arts initiatives have been made possible through the further generous support of one of Man lifting cow’s principal partners,” he said. “Alongside hosting art workshops and the 1000 Cows exhibition, Sunshine Marketplace has pledged prize money for schools and students.

Our list of corporate, philanthropic, local business and arts partners and supporters is testament to Council’s commitment to a collaborative approach and the wider enthusiasm for this iconic sculpture.”

Council’s three principal partners are Sotheby’s Australia, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Sunshine Marketplace. Our major supporter is The Sun Foundation and the project supporters are Sunshine Business Association, Kane Construction, Bonacci, Lyons Architects and Big West Festival and the Victorian Government.

The Three Projects

1000 Cows Project

Children and families are invited to build a herd of a thousand papier-mâché cows to welcome Man lifting cow. The papier-mâché cows will go on display at Sunshine Marketplace.

The milk cartons for the project have been donated by Visy. Schools that are part of the project have the chance to win $1,000 worth of art materials.

Primary schools in Brimbank are being invited to participate in the project and there will be art workshops held at Sunshine Marketplace during the school holidays from Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July.

Monday 4 July to Friday 8 July
Time: 11.30am-12.30pm  and 1-2pm
Sunshine Marketplace, Hampshire Road, Sunshine

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Art Prize

VCE arts students in Brimbank are invited to submit in one of four categories: painting, sculpture, printmaking and drawing to win $500 and a John Kelly artwork; the school the student attends will win $1000 to purchase art materials.

Category winners will also be awarded $50 vouchers for the best in each section.

John Kelly will judge the competition. Works will be selected for exhibition in September. The competition opens Monday 11 July and closes Friday 12 August.


John Kelly Exhibition and Education Program

Artworks by John Kelly, on loan by Australian Galleries, will be exhibited at the Brimbank Community and Civic Centre in September. It provides the opportunity to learn more about Australian art for Brimbank residents and people across Victoria.

An accompanying education pack focussing on the importance of John Kelly’s art will be distributed to Brimbank schools.

Brimbank City Council would like to thank Visy for their generous donation towards the 1000 cows project.