WALL2WALL 2016- Public Art Opportunity

WALL2WALL celebrates its Tenth Birthday! That's ten years of murals being implemented in the area, reducing graffiti in our high profile locations and replacing it with high quality works by highly skilled artists.

WALL2WALL has also asked the artists participating to share more than their work with the community. It has invited them to connect with the site in meaningful ways and communicate something of that meaning to their local, and visiting, audiences. 

We have so many wonderful, diverse murals in the area as a result of the competition, and the community have shown great support for the artworks and their capacity to bring life and colour to an area. We have identified three big and bold sites, and we encourage all interested artists to enter. All materials are provided for the installation of artworks by finalists, with cash prizes to be won. Artist teams also encouraged to apply. A key to becoming a finalist is in making your designs "site specific." 

Applications due: 5pm, Monday 17 October, 2016

Visit Inner West Council Website for application and further details

Calling All Urban Art Twitters to join Birdhat’s Birdwatching Tour

Local Artist Birdhat (Neil Tomkins) has been delighting locals across Sydney for years with his distinctive urban art characters, which pop up here and there like flowers bursting through concrete. Inner West locals are in for a twitching treat as he creates a special “Birdwatching Tour” where a flock of his characters will gather in nooks and crannies around his studio street block on Parramatta Road, around to Albion Street, Annandale.

Neil is the successful artist awarded the Transit Zone Commission - a component of the Off Broadway activation program set to enliven sections of Parramatta Road starting with hot spots in Leichhardt, Annandale and Camperdown. Local businesses are already showing support for Neil’s installation - agreeing to offer a perch for his works to sit during September, when the Inner West Council is set to launch its Off Broadway program.

Neil intends for his trail to delight people of all ages. His characters will embody elements of the long cultural history of Parramatta Road. “I plan to reference local history in the area around my studio and create a fun dialog for the local community.”

 Birdhat will also be painting the Project Ugly site at 214 Albion Street, Leichhardt on the weekend of Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 September. You can also join an official Birdhat Birdwatching Tour on Sunday 4 September, and keep an eye on this site to find out where you can get a copy of Birdhat's birdspotting zine.

Off Broadway events during September

·         Official Birdhat Birdwatching Tour on Sunday 4 September at 2pm.
To book email bronwynt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

·         Birdhat Live painting of Project Ugly site - 214 Albion Street, Leichhardt
Saturday 4 – Sunday 4 September

·         Host a Birdhat artwork - opportunities for businesses on Parramatta Road to provide a display "perch" for a Birdhat artwork
(applies to businesses between Catherine to Macquarie Streets) - contact bronwynt@lmc.nsw.gov.au

·         Off Broadway Launch at the Sydney Fringe Pop Up Venue located at 74-76 Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown.