Central Geelong has received delivery of a stylish new street piano, which will be located outside over Summer 2017/2018 in The Secret Courtyard (between the Geelong
Performing Arts Centre and the new Barwon Water building, off Aitchison’s Place0.
Creator of The People’s Piano, Geelong based presenter and performer, Joel Carnegie says that the street piano is available for anyone to play, at any time, from 1 December 2017. “As a piano player, I want to encourage anyone who wants to play, to give it a go. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a concert pianist or whether you haven’t played for 30 years – everyone is welcome. Just make sure you tag your Instagram pics #thepeoplespiano!”
The People’s Piano has been designed and painted by Torquay artist, Ayrlie Lane. The design for the piano is inspired by local birdlife and flora, interspersed by references celebrating Geelong’s diverse music scene.
“I am inspired by my own childhood, surrounded by gardens and animals and sound, my own life as a musician, raised as a classical cellist in a household filled with blues and rock,
performing with local bands in local pubs or in musicals on the stages of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre itself,” says Ms Lane. "The People's Piano to me reinvigorates that age old tradition of crowding around the old upright in the parlour and singing along to your favourite tunes. The piano may be sitting outside in the bright Summer sun instead, but that sense of spontaneity, the joy of comradery, still exists...”
The People’s Piano has been made possible by support from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, the City of Greater Geelong’s Arts & Culture Department and The Space Company.