Opportunity for artists to showcase their talents

Sharon Billinge’s winning Wall2Wall 2017 work at 756 Darling Street, Rozelle.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | January 10th, 2018

USING some paint, a bit of elbow grease and plenty of imagination three bare walls have been transformed through the Inner West Council's 11th annual Wall2Wall competition.
The $6,000 first prize for the 2017 competition went to Sharon Billinge with her work which covers a wall at 756 Darling Street in Rozelle, inspired by people who work and participate in the programs at the Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre and the Balmain Uniting Church and Mission.
Second prize went to Scott Nagy who painted a wall at the Summer Hill Neighbourhood Centre, while third place winner Janne Birkner's work installed at 176 Mullens Street in Rozelle.
Aimed at minimising tagging the initiative offers artists an opportunity to showcase their talents by creating site specific works in high profile locations and this year's judges were photographer Rick Gates, Summer Hill Community Centre manager Jorg Gutierrez, and the Council's placemaking and public art officer Bronwyn Tuohy.
As a result of the annual competition, there are now 33 Wall2Wall public artworks throughout the inner west.
Also bringing artists, residents, businesses, property owners and community partners together to collaboratively create new artworks in public places, applications are open for the Council's 2018 Perfect Match program.
Through the Council, property owners or tenants can commission an artist to create a work on a wall that has been subject to unwanted graffiti, while artists wanting to be commissioned can apply to create a bold, innovative works.
Perfect Match applications close on March 8, for more information visit innerwest.nsw.gov.au/PerfectMatch.

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