Cronulla's CBD and rail corridors are set to be transformed into a gigantic outdoor art gallery when over 30 street artists take part in the Walk the Walls festival from 8th-10th November. Producing over 40 large scale murals, the trail will be a feast not only for the eyes but the ears as well with music in abundance.
Fully supported by the government with a $75,000 grant, walls that have been vandalised by graffiti will be turned into works of art in a bid to beautify the area and reduce future graffiti by protecting the new art with anti-graffiti coatings.
The makeovers will have the theme Sustainable Coastal Cronulla, with international artist Tim "Phibs" as the curator. Other artists taking part are Blackbook Ink's Sektor, Ox King, Minna Leunig, Mulga, Alex Le Hours, Shannon Crees, Thomas Jackson and Elliott "Numskull" Routledge.
A taste of art from Blackbook Ink's Sektor (located in Trim Plc, Gladesville) with the message LITTER, You know it's WRONG
Artistic styles on display feature stencils, posters, sculptural works, pattern making, figurative, portraiture, abstract, illustrative and urban art, in addition to street art, and you can watch the talented local, Indigenous and national artists painting the walls live with their aim of finishing by sunset on the final day of the festival.
The locations include Cronulla Plaza, Surf Lane, Croydon Lane, Croydon Street Car Park and Purley Place. I'm guessing we'll see some colourful scenes of birds, marine life, surf and the beach that represent Cronulla to a tee.
A work of art from Ox King at 2018's Walk the Wall festival in Caringbah
There's plenty more going on at this festival for visitors with children's activities, face painting, screen printing and a pop-up library where you can explore virtual reality and download e-books and audio books.
The festival also coincides with Australian Music Week and you can expect musicians throughout the area as well as entertainment in Monro Park and a free live music concert in Dunningham Park.
Food stalls and trucks will be on hand for nourishment as will local businesses. To support Plastic Free Cronulla, bring your own water bottle. Sydney Water refill stations will be at various points of the art trail.
Hosted by Sutherland Shire Council, entry to this epic festival from 10am each day is free. An interactive map and event program will be released in the coming days. Keep up to date via the Facebook event page.