Higher Ground Inc and Community Arts Network, with assistance from ArtsSA and the support of ACC, is uniting the West End through the creation of the West End Mural which will be situated on the eastern boundary, second story of No. 9 – 15 Light Square and will replace the redundant and dilapidated “Night Train’ Billboard.
Adelaide Artists Bob Daly & Kalyna Micenko are overseeing the project and have spent the last few months researching the history of the West End, before involving as many local creative people as possible in May-June workshops to produce a final design. Work is currently underway at the old Franklin Street Bus Depot on the colossal 40m by 4m Mural which will be unveiled as part of the SALA Festival on Saturday 7 August at 6pm. It’s the biggest canvas we are ever likely to work on!
The creation of the West End Mural is a community effort being undertaken by a team of volunteers in a partnership between HGI, the non-for-profit arts venue based in 9 Light Square, CAN and Common Ground – an association providing housing for those affected by homelessness – and is supported by Arts SA and the Adelaide City Council. The team, which welcomes any member of the community willing to dedicate their time, is currently working on hand painting 20 large canvases that will be expanded to double size before installation at the site.
The very aim of the West End Mural is to pictorially illustrate the standard and breadth of artistic/cultural activity within the West End. The piece will stand as testament to the daily creativity in the area and highlight the West End as the wellspring from which a huge amount of South Australian artistic endeavour originates. The resulting image will instil community pride, advertise South Australian creative resources, enhance the environment with its aesthetic beauty, replace a tired and banal image and bind the community with a sense of solidarity, history and current value.
For More Information: Contact: Phil Harker-Smith
Higher Ground Inc
Phone (08) 8410 5599
Mobile 0424 687 313