Street art design to feature on a City wall

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Street artists in Canberra have been invited to express their interest to paint a mural on a city wall above the Cooyong Street skate park with the local community helping to choose the design.

A panel will select the three submissions from all entries which are assessed against criteria, including;

  • Previous experience; and
  • A design sketch idea that will reflect the identity of the skate park and its nearby community using a high amount of colour.

Once the three artists are chosen, they will submit a final design and the community will be able to vote for their favorite piece on the In the City Canberra Facebook page during April 2017.

Both the ACT government and The Canberra Centre have partnered with In the City Canberra to help this dream become a reality for a street artist.

$500 will be paid to each of the three shortlisted artists to assist in their work on a final design with $18,000 to be allocated to the winning artist, which includes their fee, spray paint costs, insurance, protective clothing and other equipment required to paint the wall.

This artwork will improve the surrounding location and provide a great opportunity for streets artists to have their work on display in a highly visible part of our city.

There will be an anti-graffiti coating applied to the final artwork to help prevent any tagging or vandalism on the artwork.

The ACT government is committed to providing street artist with the opportunity to practice their art in public spaces and reduce the amount of illegal graffiti.

“Currently, there are 24 legal sites in the ACT which primarily consists of underpasses and spillways. This new location at the skate park will provide an opportunity for street artists to have another area to have their individual work on display,” Meegan Fitzharris MLA said.

Thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite street art design! Congratulations to the winning artists George Rose and Phibs. Keep an eye on the wall above the skate park on Cooyong Street as painting begins in May.