The next time you visit Renmark, Mannum or Murray Bridge, make your way to Hope Street and take in the views. Hope Street is a unique, three-stage mural project that not only showcases the creativity of young South Australian artists, but shines a spotlight on the diversity and connectivity within each of these communities.
Supported by a grant from Country Arts SA, The Renmark/Paringa, Mid-Murray and Murray Bridge Councils have undertaken this initiative to highlight their commitment to supporting the health and well-being of local residents, especially in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention. Each stage was discussed and decided through consultation and workshops held in the community in the lead-up to the creation of the artwork.
Renmark/Paringa This stunning mural in shades of blue and purple was designed and carried out by Adelaide artist Jack Fran, inspired by discussions within the community about a topic that is close to their hearts. It represents awareness of mental health and suicide prevention and features the faces of indigenous locals. You will find this piece on the side of the Renmark library, James Avenue, Renmark.
The Mannum mural graces the side wall of the Mannum Bowling Club on Wattle Street right by the river, and was created by young artist, Sarah Boese. It depicts a graceful egret taking flight, a concept that came about through discussion at a community meeting. The bird ascending from the river below symbolises a journey of recovery and well-being. Well-known local artist, Steve Oatway lent a hand and picked up a few tips on aerosol art techniques. Local residents were treated to an official launch followed by supper.
Murray Bridge Th third and final stage of the project, by artist Joshua Smith is located on the side wall of a sports store on Sixth Street in Murray Bridge. It is a bright and eye-catching work in shades of red and ochre, depicting local faces including those of retired school teacher, Peter Crowley and photographer Phea-Jae Gage. The focus of this piece is on the cultural diversity within the area.