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WALLSend is joining 2024 The Big Picture Fest

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WALLSend will get a new look this week, welcoming the installation of three large street murals to mark its 150th anniversary. 

The new additions tie in with this year’s 2024 The Big Picture Fest, which sees the city of Newcastle coated in colour during a three-day large-scale street art festival later this year. 

For this suburban installation, the historic suburb will welcome a splash of colour after enlisting the skills of talented artists Trevor Dickinson, Jordan Lucky and Calum Hotham. 

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Calum Hotham.

Each brings their unique styles to blank walls peppered within the landmarks of Wallsend’s past. 

The Big Picture Fest director Katerina Skoumbas says a new street art installation is a special way for Wallsend to mark its historic milestone. 

“As we anticipate The Big Picture Fest 2024 in late September, Calum’s mural and the community behind it celebrate a sense of belonging – a sense of home – and that everyone is welcome,” she says. 

“Since launching The Big Picture Fest in Newcastle, people have asked about getting murals in other suburbs like Carrington, Hamilton and Mayfield, so we are thrilled to have Wallsend as a satellite event.  

“This mural bookends the festival’s circuit with the East End in focus for the main September program.” 

Newcastle-based artist Trevor Dickinson added a splash of colour to a Carrington ‘Carrodise’ pub 2021.

Popular local cartoonist and artist Trevor Dickinson will bring his quirky signature style to a wall near Aldi on Kokera Street, representing famous landmarks of the suburb’s past. 

Newcastle’s own modern artist Jordan Lucky will paint a wall in the Wallsend Shopping Centre.  

His mural is a snapshot of the suburb, representing the present, made up of found objects. 

Jordan Lucky
Jordan Lucky.

Sydney-based artist Hotham, known for his big canvases and realistic style, will paint a stunning mural on the corner of Nelson and Boscawen Street, on the outside of the old Electrodry building.  

Representing the evolution of identity, his artwork will be based on a series of photographs by Novocastrian snappers Melanie Muddle and Hannah Robinsons. 

The images feature young people who are students of the local Art Mania Studios and participants of a weekly youth group held at the Hunter Multicultural Communities.

“I was born in 1996 in Bathurst. I moved to Sydney as a semi-professional cricketer, but then art became my true calling,” says Calum. 

“I’ve just come from painting a wall in Frankston Victoria for Big Picture Fest, and now it’s a privilege to work with Melanie, Hannah and Kat to help represent the upcoming Wallsend community through images of the students.  

“I hope I do it justice.” 
 
The murals leave a trail of cultural landmarks for visitors and locals to enjoy for years to come, “no art gallery required, just free accessible art on the street”, adds Katerina.  

Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to wander through Wallsend from 1 May to see visual representations of how the city has changed. 

The Big Picture Fest invites the community to watch artists at work over three days between 27-29 September, with five large-scale murals going up throughout Newcastle CBD. 

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