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Darwin CBD Street Art Festival – Local artists announced

Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss today announced the local artists that will paint eight massive murals on Darwin buildings as part of the inaugural Darwin Street Art Festival.

“The eight large-scale pieces of amazing street art will breathe life into the Darwin CBD and create a whole new energy to the Darwin CBD,” Ms Moss said.

“It’s a great opportunity for six local artists to increase their skills and experience working on a Festival of this scale, as it’s important to build our capability and showcase the amazing artists that live in the Territory.”

The Street Art Festival which runs from October 19-29, 2017, is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $100M plan to revitalise the Darwin CBD, to create jobs, retail opportunities and increase visitation. It includes the Live Darwin Arts Grants program.

Of the 18 expressions of interests received, six local artists have been matched with the visiting national street artists based on artistic styles.  As of today, those artists will collaborate to develop the creative designs, ensuring the artwork demonstrates the uniqueness of the Territory. 

The local artists are: Amanda Stevenson, Shilo McNamee, Riece Ranson, Shaun Lee, Les Huddleston and Jesse Bell.

“This project is an amazing opportunity for me to learn from established artists and showcase Larrakia art on a scale not seen before in the city,” Mr Lee said.

Festival organisers are also looking to identify opportunities to involve other artists that nominated through the Expressions of Interest. 

The Festival concept was developed by David Collins from the Mayfair Gallery and Mel Brautigam from Savvy Social and reflects the growing interest in street art. 

“I encourage everyone to come into the city from 19-29 October and watch the artists create artwork with a unique Territorian perspective across Darwin city buildings and walls,” Ms Brautigam said.

Held over 10 days, Darwin Street Art Festival provides opportunities for local street artists to work with national artists and collaborate on creative designs.

The eight walls and buildings include the Hilton Hotel, Anthony Plaza, Monsoons and the Air Raid Arcade.

Further information about the Darwin Street Art Festival – Walls that Talk is available through the website,  

Attachment:  Local artists involved 

Media Contact: Trish Grimshaw – 0401 119 242

Darwin local street artists