A COURSE-side exhibition is offering a creative twist on Buninyong for elite athletes and cycling fans to explore and take home.
Turn Your Wheels in Studio 408 will showcase works of Buninyong artists and their perspective on the carnival that comes to the town each January as the Cycling Australia Road National Championships.
The exhibition in Studio 408, right by the start/finish line, builds on the creative influence already spreading across town with shopfront art installations and a series of red bikes, set to feature baskets of flowers.
Studio 408 co-owner and artist Annie Ross said this was an exciting way for artists to tap into such a big event in their own community and reach a completely different audience, with plenty of interstate and international visitors expected to descend on Buninyong for racing.
“Turn Your Wheels shows cycling can have a creative, fun and festive side,” Ms Ross said.
Piece on show will include art from Donna Saunders, Kate Wise, Rooth Robertson, Trudy Nicholson, Annie and Mark Ross, Thomas Ross, Robyn Batrouney and cartoonist Dale Braybrook. There will also be t-shirts with graphic design from not-for-profit Karden Disability.
We all know the festival feel on top of the mountain, we want to bring more of that culture to the hundreds who are in the town.
Ms Ross said the result was a diverse collection of styles and event interpretations. All pieces will be for sale in what Ms Ross hoped could offer a unique keepsake to remind riders and fans of Buninyong and the championships.
This will be the first national experience for Ms Ross and Studio 408, which opened in early February. Ms Ross has been keenly getting involved in a town movement to add colour and art to Buninyong streets for the championships.
She has also created a painting in a theme of movie The Greatest Showman, set to play on the big screen in a free family night in De Soza Park on Saturday night. There will also be children’s activities, food trucks and picnic space.
Championship action starts with Sturt Street criteriums on Friday.
Road race titles are up for grabs in Buninyong at the weekend, including the marquee elite men and women’s crowns on Sunday, before time trials on Monday and Tuesday.
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