Call for koala artists

A KALEIDOSCOPE of colourful mosaics is artist and dance teacher Francesca O'Donnell's vision for one of the 50 sculptures which will form the Hello Koalas Public Art Project.

Auspiced by Arts and Health Australia, Hello Koalas will feature across the Hastings from September 2014 until December 2015.

A dancer for 26 years, O'Donnell has been working with mosaics for about seven years and originally obtained her bachelors degree in the arts.

"I have always had a passion for art and what started as a hobby has now developed into a business for me," she said.

Her work has been commissioned by St Joseph's Primary School, business houses, apartment owners in The Watermark and from as far afield as Sydney.

She is also a regular at The Artist's Market and Foreshore Market.

"I saw the Cow Up a Tree public sculpture [by John Kelly] at Docklands in Melbourne and as soon as I heard about it [the Hello Koalas project], I thought, I'm in," O'Donnell said. "I've thought about mosaic sculpture here in public places for some time.

"It's a great way to celebrate performing arts in the Hastings," she said.

Artist Francesca O’Donnell, at right, shares her mosaic design submissions with Hello Koalas project manager Linda Hall (left).

Artist Francesca O’Donnell, at right, shares her mosaic design submissions with Hello Koalas project manager Linda Hall (left).