Mural to kick-off arts strategy

A graphic of where the mural will be on The Pod. Graphic: Supplied

ARTISTS nationwide are being asked to put forward their ideas for a unique mural to be painted on South Alive’s community hub building, The Pod.

Measuring 2.4m wide by about 5.5m high, the mural will be painted on the east side of the building on the corner of Grace and Ness Sts in South City.

South Alive Arts Team volunteer Ari Edgecombe said the South Alive Community Mural Project, Living South – You Are Here, was one of the key ideas from the South Invercargill overall arts strategy during a 2016 brainstorming workshop.

“It will be the first in a series of community artworks and the first from the South Alive Arts Strategy,” he said.

“The idea came from arts team member Esther Libeau. We felt it hit the spot as the key element was community engagement.”

Rather than an artist paint the wall with a picture, the idea was for the artwork to be similar to a “paint-by-numbers” concept.

“The selected artist would guide the design and painting of the original mural in partnership with community members from design to the actual mural painted on the wall.”

The whole point of the project was to engage the community, including those from the local area and surrounding city, by them taking part in painting the mural under the guidance of the artist, Mr Edgecombe said.

“By being involved in the project, the community will have ownership of the mural.”

The selected artist would be given a budget to facilitate the project, as well as materials, paint and equipment costs, Mr Edgecombe said.

Artists’ ideas wanted for mural

VISUAL artists were invited to submit a proposal with a contemporary theme which reflected the natural and physical elements of the region, the iconic landscape and geography and flora and fauna of Southland.

“Ideally it would suit a local or national artist who was interested in community development and had some experience working with people in communities developing art projects and creating large-scale artworks,” Mr Edgecombe said.

Initial design concept proposals for the mural should be submitted to the South Alive office by 5pm on Monday, September 25.

From the submitted entries, a short list of three designs would be selected by the South Alive Trust Board and an appointed mural steering committee, which would be announced on Friday, September 29.

The final winner would be announced on Friday, October 27, with the mural project to begin on Saturday, November 11, and completed by Sunday, December 10, depending on weather.

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