Kuweni’s Big Idea!

Beechmont’s Kuweni Dias Mendis’ project was awarded a $10,000 Big Idea grant from Council’s RADF Program. Photo: Supplied.
Beechmont’s Kuweni Dias Mendis’ project was awarded a $10,000 Big Idea grant from Council’s RADF Program. Photo: Supplied.

Local artist Kuweni Dias Mendis has received a $10,000 Big Idea grant from Scenic Rim Regional Counil.

Kuweni’s project called ‘Running Rivers: Pigments of Place’ researches the traditional process of extracting colour pigments from natural sources like the earth, rocks, roots, leaves, bark, berries, lichen and fungi.

Scenic Rim Arts Reference Group chair and  Division 4 Councillor Michael Enright  said Ms Mendis turned natural colour pigments into inks, watercolours and pastels.

My Country Escape

Ms Mendis said she was delighted to receive one of the Big Idea grants.

“’Running Rivers: Pigments of Place’ is a pivotal career transforming project contributing to and raising my profile as an independent artist creating new work exploring the themes of regeneration of people and place, and instilling a sense of belonging influenced by my Sri Lankan heritage,” she said.

Round 2 of the 2021-2022 Scenic Rim RADF Program is now open, and closes on 16 February 2022.

If you have an idea for a project please contact the RADF Liaison Officer Mark Paddick for assistance with your application on 5540 5111.

Application forms and guidelines are available on Council’s website http://www.liveatthecentre.com.au/RADF-pg20589.html

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