Mural Fest 2018

Mural Park in the centre of Sheffield was full of excitement this Easter as nine artists competed to be crowned overall winner of Mural Fest 2018.

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The theme for this years mural fest was ‘Our Wonderful World’ a poem written by Annie Willock from Lorinna, TAS.

Magnificent nature, history and arts

Lets lay down our weapons and open our hearts

We’ll all come together with flags unfurled

And celebrate our wonderful world

Artists from around the world were invited to submit a miniature of their proposed mural depicting the theme and from this nine artists were chosen by qualified judges to spend a week in Sheffield from Easter Sunday painting their mural which sits at 2100mm x 4800mm.

This years 9 artists were:

Emily Smith – Tasmania

Crystal Barbre – USA

Frances Rowland Wregg & Suzanne Burger – Queensland & Western Australia

Fereleth Lee & Jacqueline La Cava – Tasmania & New South Wales

Judy & Jon Nelson – Tasmania

Gwendal Larher & Jack Buzelin – France & Tasmania

Gren Freeman – Queensland

Damian Cazaly – Victoria

Annette Matthews – Tasmania

Throughout the week the public were invited to explore Mural Park, watch the artists at work and learn about what it takes to create a piece of art on this scale with an opportunity to paint your own mini mural. Monday the air was filled with the smell of onions frying as the Kentish Lions Club hosted Australia’s Biggest Barbecue and live music and entertainment could be heard around the town for the remainder of the week. The week culminated on Saturday 7th April at 1pm with the official brushes down announcement by the Sheffield Town Crier. Live entertainment continued and an auction took place of the artists miniatures giving the public the opportunity to take home their favourite.

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During these festivities the judges were busy deliberating and the volunteers were counting votes for the peoples choice award. Gren Freeman’s Many Hats mural was proclaimed the winner with a prize of $15,000.

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Highly commended, a $5000 prize and the People’s Choice award, a $2000 prize both went to Gwendal Larher & Jack Buzelin’s ‘I’ll Journey Soon Around The World’

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If you are interested in entering Mural Fest in 2019 the poem has been chosen following the annual poetry slam at the Sheffield Hotel. The winner was Pauline Baker of Sheffield.

BEAUTY SURROUNDS US

As we travel life's busy roads
Across oceans vast and wide
We see a world of inspiration
As beauty surrounds us.

More information on the event can be found at www.muralfest.com.au