Fourteen communities featured in the Australian Silo Art Trail‘s inaugural Silo Art Calendar will receive $60,000 combined, generated from its sale.
Annette Green and Damian Modra said the demand was so great they send it to the printer three times.
“Sales of the inaugural calendar was phenomenal,” says Annette, who started the Australian Silo Art Trail Facebook Group in 2018.
“We set ourselves a personal target to try and donate over $1,000 to each of the 14 communities,” says Annette.
“We are very proud that … $4000 [is] being given back to each small regional town.”
Annette Green with the Silo Art Calendar, featuring Anne Preston’s take of the Goorambat Silos, painted by Jimmy Dvate
The unique project features 14 of the now 44 silo art murals, Australia-wide.
“Planning and designing the calendar took a lot of effort.
“Not only did we need to source great photos, we also needed to meet all copyright laws and artist moral rights by seeking approval from the artists and silo owners to use their creative art work for our calendar,” explains Annette.
Artists and photographers supported the project that pledged 50% of all profits donated to featured towns.
“In those crazy COVID-19 lock-down periods, everyone involved in tourism industries had been hit hard,” says Damian.
“Annette and I wanted to coordinate our efforts to promote regional tourism ready for when we could travel again, and also offer some financial support for the communities that had worked hard to have their local silos painted.”
ART LOVERS AT HEART
Annette formed the Group to catalogue Australia’s silo art trail on a single map for travellers that’s been close to million times.
“At that time there was no dedicated tourism body promoting these great tourist attractions collectively as one national trail…and there still isn’t,” says Damian, fellow art lover and regional tourism aficionado.
The Australian Silo Art Trail Facebook Group now has over 67,000 members with many on the road sharing silo snaps and road-side art.
“We feel very proud to play our part in promoting the silo art trail around Australia and giving some financial reward back,” Annette explains.
GrainCorp Silos, Sea Lake. Painted by Joel Fergie and Tavis Vinson. Photo: Ron Bonham.