Engage with art fridges

March 09, 2017

Those who love music, movies and literature need look no further then a red fridge.

Scattered across Shepparton, three red fridges have been set up to store a range of books, films, CDs and vinyl records.

The Shepparton Festival’s Art Fridge Exchange is inspired by the Coburg train station’s Book Fridge in Melbourne and is being used as a way to engage the community.

Shepparton Festival general manager Amanda McCulloch said the idea was that people could take an item from the fridge and replace it with something else.

‘‘It’s a way for the community to engage and provides a free activity for them to be part of,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re encouraging everyone to sign their names, write their postcodes and their streets — and then, post the festival, we’ll map where everything’s gone during the festival so we can get an idea of where it’s travelled.’’

The fridges are set up at Shepparton Marketplace on Benalla Rd, Gloria Jean’s on Wyndham St and the Greater Shepparton Visitors’ Centre on Nixon St.

The Gloria Jean’s fridge includes a wide assortment of DVDs, the Greater Shepparton Visitors’ Centre appliance includes CDs and the Shepparton Marketplace fridge has books.

‘‘We really hope people will engage with it. It’s been very successful in Coburg but it does take a couple of years for people to get their heads around what it is and that, hang on, this is free,’’ Ms McCulloch said.

The Art Fridge Exchange will run until Sunday, March 19.

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