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Local artist Jeremy Kasper is turning an unremarkable laneway in the heart of Sale into a work of art.

If you head down the laneway leading off Raymond Street to the rear of the Sale RSL and Community Club, you’ll find a large mural taking shape honouring the ANZACs and the contribution of women and Indigenous men during World War One.

The mural is one of two Mr Kasper will help create as part of his Reclaim Our Lanes project with $13,650 received from the Federal Government through the Regional Arts Fund.

Mr Kasper met with project partners recently, including the Nationals Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, to explain the project in detail.

Mr Chester said the Regional Arts Fund supported arts and cultural activities in regional and remote areas, including two in Sale.

“It’s great to see different segments of our community connecting and working together as part of Reclaim Our Lanes to increase understanding, knowledge and skills, while also brightening up a dull part of town for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Chester said.

The arts fund aims to broaden community engagement with the arts and support the creative sector in the regions, while helping artists to build professional skills and networks.

As part of the project, Mr Kasper will work with students from Sale College on a second mural on one of the college’s walls facing the laneway.

“The students will largely determine the theme and design of this wall and will play an important role in its creation,” Mr Kasper said. “I’m working with an Indigenous artist to create the mural for the RSL and am receiving help with the painting from volunteers.”

Also under the Regional Arts Fund, Quantum Support Services in Sale will receive $2500 for its Marley Street Project photography program. Photographer Pollyanna Gibson will deliver a series of photography workshops to those participating in the Marley Street Photo Competition to improve their knowledge and skills.

The Federal Government provides approximately $3.4 million each financial year to support arts and cultural projects in regional and remote Australia through the Regional Arts Fund.

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