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SAVE THE DATE – MURAL FEST 2024

Save the Date for Mural Fest 2024 which will be taking place from ‘Paint Off’ on Sunday 3rd November to ‘Brushes Down’ at 12 Noon on Saturday 9th November at Mural Park in Sheffield. Nine artists will be selected to each create a mural based on the theme ‘The Magic of the Minuscule’ and will be competing for a $15,000 prize pool.

Following on from the success of Mural Fest 2023, the event will be open to the public free of charge from 9am to 4pm daily. In addition, Mural Fest will be conducting a photographic competition, kids art competition and encouraging attendees of all ages to paint on the “Gulliver’s Travels” public mural.

Mural Fest is entirely organised, managed, and staffed by volunteers, there are no paid positions, with the event relying heavily on the generosity of individuals and businesses in the community who value the creation of nine new murals each year in Mural Park.

President of KACT, Sandy Brattstrom commented, ‘Not only do these murals add to our area’s identity as ‘Tasmania’s Outdoor Art Gallery,’ they drive significant ongoing tourism and business to the area’.

‘Working closely with our community, our sponsors, and our volunteers, KACT looks forward to a creative and fun event in November.”

If you would like to support Mural Fest by becoming a volunteer and/or supporter/sponsor of this event, please email your interest to info@muralfest.com.au.

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN…CALLING ALL MURAL ARTISTS

PRESS RELEASE

Kentish Arts Commerce and Tourism is very excited to announce Mural Fest will be taking place between Sunday 3rd November and Saturday 9th November 2024.

Nine artists will be selected from entries from Australia and around the world to each paint a mural over a 6 ½ day period based on the inspired theme, ‘The Magic of the Minuscule’. Conducted in Mural Park, Sheffield’s very own ‘Outdoor Art Gallery,’ Mural Fest will continue to test an artist’s skills, endurance, and tenacity while subjecting them to public scrutiny, time constraints and Tasmania’s unpredictable weather.

Three prizes will be awarded, The People’s Choice Award ($10,000), Judges Highly Commended-Award ($5,000) and the Volunteers Award ($1,000).

‘We are looking forward to a diversity of interpretation of this year’s theme and are encouraging artists to really stretch their imagination,’ commented Sandy Brattstrom, President of Kentish Arts Commerce and Tourism.

‘Mural artists thinking about entering Mural Fest should visit muralfest.com.au and download an Entry Form,’ Sandy continued, ‘with entries due by the 30th August 5pm AEST’.

To stay up to date with all the latest Mural Fest information, stay connected to Mural Fest on Instagram and FB and visit www.muralfest.com.au.

Mural Fest 2023 – Winners Announced

PRESS RELEASE

The nine Finalists raced to the finish line with brushes down on Saturday 11th November at 4pm. After painting for six consecutive days from the early hours of the morning into the evenings, a sense of a surreal accomplishment and joy filled Mural Park in Sheffield.

President of Kentish Arts Commerce and Tourism, Sandy Brattstrom commented ‘It was wonderful watching the artists progressing their murals inspired by ‘The Spirit of Adventure’ over the six days as they raced towards the finishing line – their murals evolving as the finer details were added.’

The winners were announced Saturday afternoon, shortly after ‘Brushes Down’, with the artists and their families joined by sponsors, special guests, Mural Fest volunteers, and members of the public.

Inder Prize – People’s Choice Award – $15,000

‘The Spirit of Adventure’

By Kerry Nicholson assisted by Malcolm Nicholson (QLD)

Sponsored by Working Arts Space Sheffield

Mural Description:

A fantastical scene of pioneer balloonists through a child’s eyes, perhaps an explorer’s son envisioning his future adventures. Adventure to me, echoes childhood’s enchantment: from tales like Jeremiah Johnson; It’s the boundless curiosity in young hearts. While not an adventurer, I’ve voyaged vast mental landscapes, never outgrowing youthful daydreams.

People’s Choice Runner-Up Award – $5000

Sponsored by Slaters Country Store

‘Everyday A New Adventure’

By Patricia Smart assisted by Olaf Grohs (NSW)

Sponsored by Sheffield Pioneer Holiday Units

Mural Description:

Children encapsulate the spirit of adventure. To them, the natural world is big, amazing, and exciting. I wanted to capture this spirit felt by children as they explore and experience the adventure that is life.

‘Kentish Arts Commerce and Tourism would like to thank all our sponsors led by Davies Design & Construction for their most generous support of Mural Fest this year, our wonderful volunteers for giving of their time so freely and enthusiastically and once again congratulate our nine extraordinary artists.’ This year’s success belongs to you all.’

The murals will remain on display at Mural Park in Sheffield over the next eleven months. 

Save The Date – Mural Fest 2024 – 4th – 9th November

Foreground image featuring three paint containers: brown butter, pomegranate red, and crimson red, along with a paintbrush holder containing used brushes on a table covered in paint strokes. In the background, a painting depicts a serene body of water reflecting mountains.

Make Your Mark On Mural Fest 2023

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