City of Darwin has today announced the successful artists for their Art to Street project, from a quality field of 31 applicants.
Seven local and emerging artists will be mentored and develop skills and capacity to deliver murals on seven public spaces across Darwin. The artwork will add vibrancy and colour to otherwise uninteresting spaces.
The successful artists are –
– Caleb Schatz – a local school student who works with Acrylic and Spray paints.
– Denise Quall – a grandmother of 15, Dangalaha descendant, born and bred Darwinian who is an eager and enthusiastic artist.
– Jordan Ryan – has recently started painting street art murals and is keen to explore painting murals as a business.
– Lara Connor – graduated high school in 2017 with a Merit Award in Visual Arts and has already completed 3 mural projects.
– Mandy Boots – a design and technology teacher for 24 years who has worked in stencilling and brush painted indoor murals.
– Ryan Medlicott – apprenticed as a tattooist and had his first mural commission in the 2018 Darwin Street Art Festival.
– Taylor Smith – fell in love with the medium of spray paint at 15 years of age and is focused on developing a career as an independent artist and designer.
The sites chosen for the murals include the Nightcliff Seawall, Walkway 81 in Wagaman, the retaining wall on Gardens Hill Crescent in the Gardens, both sides of the Mindil Beach Sound Shell, West Lane in the CBD and Casuarina Library.
City of Darwin Lord Mayor Kon Vatskalis said “This unique project will transform public spaces across Darwin, activating areas and creating focal points of interest.”
“The artists chosen to be part of this project each bring an individual style and interpretation; delivering artwork that everyone in our community can enjoy.”
Proper Creative, an organisation specialising in large scale murals and design consultation, will mentor the artists. They will be hosting a free Public Art Workshop 25th and 26th May for local and emerging artists interested in producing public art.
Art to Street is a $90K project, jointly funded under the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF).