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Some of the biggest names in street art in one small town
27 street artists, both international and local, will take to Benalla to create new murals across three days for Australia's biggest annual street art event, the Wall to Wall Festival.

Smug mural, Otter Street, Collingwood


The festival runs from Friday 7 April 2017 until Sunday 9 April 2017, and the program includes live painting, guided street art tours and street art workshops, such as Street Art 101, Alternative
Printmaking, Zine Making and Tattoo Flash Illustration.

Even regular festival attendees can get in on the mural painting action, with a Paint by Numbers mural being painted over the weekend by whoever wants to give it a go - no previous experience or artistic skills required.

Adnate, grain silos


The guided street art tours are being led by David Russell, a well-known Melbourne street art tour guide, who will take tour goers to the best walls in Benalla while talking them through their significance.

The workshops are being held by Work-Shop, a creative collective that provides short courses in life skills and alternative art designed to "unleash your inner awesome". The hands on workshops will provide an opportunity to learn a new skill and/or uncover a new passion.

Rone in action


In addition to the outdoor artworks, an exhibition exploring the history behind two of Australia's most recognised artists, Adnate and Rone, will be on at the Benalla Art Gallery. The exhibition has been curated by Australian street art collectors and community advocates, Sandra Powell and Andrew King, and will showcase the most significant collection of the Adnate and Rone's work to date.

Adnate will also be creating an artwork of biblical proportions inside the Goorambat Uniting Church.

Lucy Lucy, Fitzroy, Melbourne


The calibre of artists taking part in the festival is outstanding. The 22 new artists involved in 2017 are: Cam Scale, George Rose, Dvate, Rone, Makatron, Resio, Odieth, Putos, Mooney, Mayo, Mooney, Loretta Lizzio, Justine McAllister, Lucy Lucy, Jason Parker, Goodie, Fintan Magee, Jenny McCracken, Kitt Bennett, Kaff-eine, Slicer and Sofles.

Artists who created artworks in previous years that can also be viewed at the festival include: 23rd Key, Adnate, Buttons, Choq, Maid, Sirum, Smug, Phibs, Guido Van Helten, Ears, Askew, Shaun Lu and Deams.

Fintan Magee, shipping containers


Wall to Wall Festival is an initiative by Juddy Roller creative management team and The Benalla Street Art Committee that celebrates street art and uses it as a medium to improve regional arts and regional development.

Thanks to Wall to Wall Festival, Benalla has become one of the most densely populated outdoor street art galleries in Australia - even when compared to street art capitals such as Fitzroy and Collingwood. After the festival, the small town will have 47 murals in total.

Adnate, Cremorne, Melbourne


Take a road trip to the small Victorian town to see amazing artwork by some of the biggest names in street art internationally and in Australia. Tip your hat to these awe-inspiring artists and celebrate their extraordinary art form.
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Why? Street art celebration with some of the best street art you'll see
When: 7 April - 9 April 2017
Where: Benalla, Victoria
Cost: Free
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