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Friday, April 23, 2021

Street art festival comes to town

World class street art is coming to some of Newcastle’s most prominent locations this weekend.

The inaugural Big Picture Fest, which goes from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 October, will bring together local, national and internationally renowned artists to transform our streetscapes.

The festival will see 14 exhibitions installed across the city centre and the western wall of the Civic Theatre donned with a vintage mural.

A map highlighting what’s happening during Newcastle’s Big Picture Fest.

Museum Park, Foghorn Brewery, Civic Theatre and the corners of King and Union streets will all feature murals.

City of Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said City of Newcastle was proud to be the major sponsor of the Big Picture Fest, delivering the support and financial backing to local artists during a time when the arts sector had been decimated by COVID-19.  

“Street Art is an important component of Newcastle’s changing landscape, documenting our rich industrial, social and cultural history, and playing a significant role in fostering a dynamic and vibrant creative arts sector,” Cr Nelmes said.

The festival, motivated by a 2019 Mayoral minute, will celebrate the work of award-winning artist Bronte Naylor, who has been selected to create a mural called Mirror Ocean.

Eleven of the 14 artists featured at the festival are from the Hunter Region, while Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen praised the event as an ongoing addition to Newcastle’s artistic culture.

“The Big Picture Fest is a major international street art activation that celebrates Newcastle’s history and creative culture, and sees some of our amazing local talent produce large scale murals in the city,” Cr Clausen said.

Visit thebigpicturefest.com for more information.

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