OTR Dunkeld is an incorporated group of local artists, small business people and Friends.
OTR Dunkeld aims to:
Provide creative practitioners with time and space away from their usual environment and obligations to create new bodies of work.
Challenge, engage and surprise local audiences and visitors to the region through encounters with the arts.
Provide opportunities for cultural exchange.
Act as an inclusive creative hub for the community to build skills and develop projects in a unique, reflective and inspirational environment.
Contribute to the sustainability of Dunkeld as a creative, international tourist destination.
Off the Rails began life following a Next Wave Festival funded project in 2007, when local artist Trevor Flinn re-activated the derelict C1875 building in a bid to develop the station building into an exhibition/studio space suitable to host an artist in residence.
Off the Rails Gallery began formal operations in 2008, and thanks to a group of willing volunteers, showcased the work of local and visiting artists, as well as providing sporadic art competitions and specialty workshops, until it was closed in 2011 due to the state of the building.
Thanks to VicTrack and the Victorian Government’s “Community Use of Vacant Rail Buildings” initiative, the Dunkeld railway station has now been fully restored and enhanced, accommodating an inviting and contemporary community arts space.
For a brief history of the Dunkeld Railway Station, including historic photographs sourced from the Dunkeld Museum, visit the original Off the Rails Gallery blog.
Thanks to Regional Arts Victoria, VicTrack, Dunkeld Progress Association, Dunkeld Consolidated School, Southern Grampians Shire Council.
"I’m certain a visiting artist would gain as much from working and exhibiting in Dunkeld, as the locals would from having an interested outsider contribute to the cultural life of the town.”
Trevor Flinn, 2007