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by Irenke Forsyth (subscribe)
A writer sharing travels, experiences, a love of festivals & events. Life is a journey and I hope to inspire others. Visit my blog at https://www.travelwithirenke.blogspot.com
Published December 16th 2016
Since writing an article on Street Art in Sydney, I have come across so much more from Bondi to Bankstown and beyond. Various suburbs are realising the beauty of a mural and its value to the community.

Donate Your Wall for Art
Works from various artists on the Bondi Beach Wall


Colourful art livens up an otherwise bland wall, showcases our culture and heritage, brings businesses further sales and tourists from afar admiring the works of local artists. A study has also shown that the more art in a suburb equals a greater gain in relative house prices. Great for sellers. It also deters walls from being vandalised.

Street Art Chippendale
For Pokemon lovers, this bright image can be found at Pine St Arts Centre in Chippendale


One such company creating amazing art and helping to nurture artists is Blackbook Ink. They do murals that have the general public in admiration as well as doing contracted work for businesses, such as Sweet Fantasy Cakes at Bankstown and the The Sell Block in Newtown. Trim Place in Gladesville presents a message through art re rubbish in waterways. This visual on the side wall of Pet Barn is a great way to get people on board with doing the right thing and beats just a bunch of words on paper.

Street mural, Gladesville
Trim Place, Gladesville with a simple & effective message - LITTER You know it's WRONG


The nurturing of artists is ongoing and now a new initiative Donate Your Wall for Art will further skills and allow the gaining of valuable experience. Anyone that has a wall that is street-facing and viewable to the public can submit a form online to have a free mural painted. The design is generally the choice of the artist with the artist having free reign, however, if you have a theme or idea in mind then the team at Blackbook Ink will discuss it with you but there may be a small charge depending on how much free reign the artist is given. Note, f you are renting, you will need written consent from the owner.

A variety of artists with different styles are on hand waiting to brighten your world whether it be a house wall, a fence or a garage door. The team at Blackbook Ink are well respected and have worked with clients, such as Stamford Hotels, Fox Sports and Sony. Below are some murals painted by Asone and Sektor, both part of the team, that I happened upon in Newtown a while back.

Street art, Newtown
This colourful piece from Asone can be found in Denison St Newtown


Newtown art
The art of Sektor at 168 King St Newtown


But that's not all. Starting in 2017 is another initiative Perfect Match Mural Program being organised by Inner West Council. This is pretty much the same as Blackbook Ink's initiative where you submit details of the wall's location, size and a photo of it. If you have an image of a mural or style you would like painted on your wall you can advise on that in the online application form and you can nominate an artist or team, such as Blackbook Ink, to complete the work. Note, you must register first before submitting the application form.

Fence art
An interesting fence in Denison St Newtown


So why not freshen up that wall that has long needed a paint-over.
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Your Comment
I love street art, Irenke - well done, great article!
by Elaine (score: 3|6397) 947 days ago
Yes yes, I've heard all about this. They were actually hiring artists to redo some walls at Bondi Beach in October. Nice article!
by Lucinda (score: 2|342) 947 days ago
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