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Turbocharged Alice Springs Street Art Festival – Opens today

The inaugural Alice Springs Street Art Festival starts today.

The Festival is part of the Territory Labor Government’s plan to plan to bring new life into the Alice Springs CBD, supporting local jobs, and building our reputation as a great place to live, work, and visit. 

Funding of $100,000 has been allocated in support of this year’s Festival through the record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism stimulus package that aims to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

Local arts body Red Hot Arts Central Australia have been appointed to manage and deliver the 2018 Alice Springs Street Art Festival with assistance from Alice Springs Town Council.

The Festival will now see five walls, instead of the original four, transformed throughout the CBD including Tuit Lane (Back of Cummings Plaza) as part of the YAMS Festival, Yeperenye Shopping Centre Carpark, Mbantua Carpark Wall, Jam Alley (Mbantua Gallery) and the Cinema Wall.

Following an Expression of Interest process, a total of 16 submissions were received from local artists to participate. All artists will be included to contribute on the walls.

Interstate artists include:

Local Darwin artist Jesse Bell will once again work with Dvate during the Festival.

Lead Local Artists include:

Supporting Local Artists include:

Contributing Artists include:

The Alice Springs Street Art Festival completes a busy events period in Alice Springs which has included Desert Song Festival, Desert Mob, Desert Festival, Parrtjima and the Masters Games.

Quotes from Minister for Tourism and Culture, Lauren Moss

“The Street Art Festival is funded through the Territory Labor Government’s record $103 million Turbocharging Tourism package to attract more visitors, create local jobs and put more money into the pockets of Territorians.

“The Festival will create a sense of vibrancy and purpose within the Alice Springs CBD that in-turn creates local engagement, retail opportunities and increased visitation.” 

Quotes: Tamara Cornthwaite – YAMS facilitator 

“It’s about generating conversations and letting your passion lead by example, that’s how we bring big ideas to life. 

“I am consistently inspired by the resilience of many of the youth that I work with in Alice Springs and feel I owe it to lead by example always and show them what’s possible when we are able to work together. The YAAM fest mural as a collaboration with them, for them and by them. We will provide a visual platform to encourage young people to speak up, contribute and have an active voice in society.”

Quotes from Lead local artist: Saar Amptmeijer

"It’s such a great opportunity to paint outside of my studio. Making a work in the town/on the street is such a different space to express and create an art work. I am looking forward to see the explosion of colour that will be spread in the next week over the walls of Mparntwe, and so pleased to be one of the humans that will be spreading paint and image."

Attached - Artist Bios

Media contact: Trish Grimshaw 0401 119 242

Alice Springs Street Artist Bios