Take a big seat

Article image - Take a big seat Big chair at Umina.

Young people, disability and community groups, along with The Entrance Men’s Shed came together to create the Big Chair interactive art installations, which are now set up in five New South Wales, Central Coast town centres for the community and visitors to enjoy this Summer.

Five oversized wooden chairs were constructed by members of The Entrance Men’s Shed and used as the canvas for artwork created by young people from Gorokan and Terrigal High Schools and The Epicentre Community Centre, plus a team from Fairhaven’s Australian Disability Enterprise Team. 

Each chair’s artwork is inspired by the unique identity of the local areas where they are installed to engage the community and improve the visitor experience.

Central Coast Council Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan said the creation of the Big Chair project had brought the community together and their installation would enhance the visitor experience to these five town centre locations these holidays.

“I’m excited to see a project from Council’s eMerge youth program in partnership with community groups come to life. 

“This program supports emerging artists and has provided an opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and showcase their talents to the wider community.

“These groups have done a great job expressing the town centre identity and culture in their designs.”

Council Administrator, Mr Dick Persson AM said, “The Big Chair art program has not only provided a creative outlet and important social connection for the creators but has also delivered an engaging art installation for the rest of the community and visitors to enjoy.