Expressions of Interest are sought for an artist to paint the wall or create a temporary artwork (chalk or paste-up) to fit with the Burwood Festival theme of 1950’s Rock ‘n’ Roll. Think Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, cadillacs, milk bars, juke box, big skirts, swing dancing, etc…
Burwood Council have installed a new stage in Burwood Park called the Pavilion (photos below) and an opportunity exists for an artist to create an installations on the giant wall in the middle of the stage for Burwood Festival this year.
The measurements of the wall are 9m x 4m approx. The artwork doesn’t need huge amounts of detail because they will not be visible from far away, with people on the stages, so just large shapes and big designs.
Ideas – for consideration
Side One – a giant jukebox and sofa.
Side Two – a giant neon sign with a padded stool or guitar
Email examples of your previous work and a written idea to Asha.Pomery[at]burwood.nsw.gov.au to be considered. Artists will be notified by COB Wednesday 12 October.
$500 (including materials)
Expressions of interest due COB Monday 10 October
Notification to successful applicant by Wednesday 12 October
Installation on Saturday 15 October – the day before the event.
Last year we found out that some of our art and placemaking friends were working on an exciting project for the stairs at Wickham train station. Mark Aylward (who has been a key driver in some great placemaking projects in Newcastle West), had sparked a project online with artists Lu Quade and Erynwithawhy. As we are all pals online, we had seen each other commenting on a photo featuring a brilliantly coloured mural over the face of a long set of stairs. Mark, being the proactive and ambitious artist that he is, decided to find some stairs so that Newcastle could have it’s own version.
Mark sought permission to paint the stairs, sourced sponsorship for paint from Dulux (special thanks to representative Steve Kiem) and mustered up artists Lu Quade, Erynwithawhy and myself to join in. This project was probably the most fun (aside from the somewhat awkward posture posed when painting stairs – it’s hard work!) painting project that I have been involved with.
It was great seeing people smile as we painted the bright colours over the dull concrete. Some people asked, ‘Why?’. To which we would say, ‘Why not?’ or ‘Because we can!’.
The stairs have since been featured in an article by The Herald which you can see here. I would like to personally give a shout out to Shrek for his comment. We agree, this is a first class piece of art, indeed. Oh and my favourite part of the day was when the popo turned up to see if we were vandals. No, sorry. We sought permission.
Unfortunately, most of the photos I took of the two days of painting have been lost after having my phone stolen (boo!). Yet, here are some photos which we shared on Instagram (lucky we have those, I guess).
This week Street Art Walking saw the completion of a mural by Brendon Ussher. The project has been funded by Newcastle City Council’s Pride Of Place Program, with a special thanks to Saul Standerwick for assisting in kick starting the project, at the end of last year. Saul has since moved on from his role with council and we already miss sending him fun street art links. Many of the public art murals in town (like the tunnel at the beach, the lucky country murals, the council vans and more) were organised by Saul. It was truly a honour to work with him via the PoP Program and he will be missed by many, I’m sure.
The artwork designed by Brendon fits perfectly within this unique retaining wall, which is actually quiet a long wall.
Each section of the wall has a different insect, amongst the luscious green foliage. The detailed layers produce a 3D effect, with dew drops falling from the edges of the leaves.
Amongst the greenery you will find a lady beetle, praying mantis, ants and more. As the mural was being painted, many onlookers enjoyed discovering the garden features, getting excited as they mapped out these larger than life creatures. A living lady beetle even stopped by to give her nod of approval!
You can see the artwork which is located on King Street, next to Centrelink, Newcastle. Centrelink address is 279 King Street.
Street Art Walking is proud to partner with Newcastle City Council’s Pride of Place (PoP) Program to produce a new mural in the city of Newcastle. Artist, Brendon Ussher, has created a nature scene featuring colourful garden creatures that fits in nicely with the surrounding area.