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One of three artists to be selected to paint large mural on Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

Jessica MoroneyGeraldton Guardian
The City of Greater Geraldton is calling for expressions of interest for an artist or artists to create a large-scale mural on the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery building.
Camera IconThe City of Greater Geraldton is calling for expressions of interest for an artist or artists to create a large-scale mural on the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery building. Credit: City of Greater Geraldton/RegionalHUB

A project to paint a mural on the back wall of the Geraldton Regional Art Gallery will soon be under way as one of three artists will be chosen next week.

The City of Greater Geraldton council will consider artwork from three shortlisted artists and vote for one to create a large-scale mural on the back wall of the gallery building, facing the car park, at its meeting next week.

The artist’s identities are confidential at this stage.

The selected artist will also lead a community art initiative to paint a smaller-scale mural somewhere around the city, leading a three-hour skills development workshop with the local community.

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The location of the smaller, community-led mural is yet to be determined.

The artist is expected to complete the mural in time for the Mid West Art Prize gala opening event on Saturday December 9, with a budget of $50,000.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage approved painting the external walls on the heritage listed site as they are not part of the original fabric of the building.

Following the expressions of interest closure in August, 19 artists submitted their responses, with five artists asked to submit concept designs. The concept designs were scored by members of the Geraldton Regional Art Advisory Committee and the three shortlisted artists were chosen.

The council will consider the design concepts and endorse the preferred artist on Tuesday.

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