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Watching paint dry has never been this much fun
Success in the inaugural event in 2018 has seen a return to the now iconic Street Art Festival in the delightful seaside town of Tumby Bay. For three days in mid-April, street artists converge from around the country to literally add a splash of colour to the walls of local buildings.

Colour Tumby Street Art, Tumby Bay Silos, Silo Art, Street Art, Eyre Peninsula
Tumby Bay Silo Art

The early vision started in early 2018 when international artist Martin Ron spread over 430 litres of paint and 400 hours of work across the Viterra silos to create a much adored and visually spectacular display of life at Tumby Bay.

The success of Ron's work led the Committee to host an inaugural street art festival whereby eight renowned artists converged on the town to paint street art and murals that depicted various parts of life and history within the town. The striking mural of aged woman reaches out, while the pelicans play cheerfully alongside Neindorf's Grocery.

From 12 to 14 April 2019, the Street Art Festival happens again with numerous artists invited to spread and share their talent across the town. Spectators are encouraged to attend all weekend long as artists scope out their work, and then gradually paint the scenes and images that will add further beauty and interest to the Eyre Peninsula and Tumby Bay.

And in a twist for this year, organisers have arranged with the local transport company to create some mobile street art on a large trailer and prime mover, something which will eventually create another icon that will travel through regional South Australia.

Tumby etc
James Pedler

The Colour Tumby Street Art Festival is held throughout the whole town of Tumby Bay. Several areas are also set aside for kids to paint and chalk their own art, and become junior street artists in their own right. Further details are available from their Facebook page or on the local tourism website.

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Why? Watch the Murals morph in front of you
When: 12-14 April 2019
Where: Tumby Bay, South Australia
Cost: Free
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