Five Maylands artists launch suburb’s first outdoor gallery

Maylands artists Carol Emmerson, Lois Moir and Slade Jones with Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Creative Maylands chair Kate Thomson and City of Bayswater place manager Emma Snow.
Maylands artists Carol Emmerson, Lois Moir and Slade Jones with Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Creative Maylands chair Kate Thomson and City of Bayswater place manager Emma Snow.

FIVE Maylands artists have joined a community group project to transform an empty wall at Lyric Lane into the suburb’s first outdoor art gallery.

Artists Slade Jones, Lois Moir, Carol Emmerson, Nick Mahoney and Alina Tang’s artworks were chosen from Studio 281’s 6051 exhibition to be printed onto the wall, as part of Creative Maylands’ Maylands Outdoor Art Gallery.

Creative Maylands chair Kate Thomson received $1000 in funding from the City of Bayswater for the project.

The gallery will be launched at an event on February 5 at 6pm.

Jones said his piece, BIONIC – PEACH SKIES, was modern and something no one had done before.

Moir said as she was “bush born and bred”, her Silver Princess was a replica of Australian plants.

Emmerson also took the environmental theme for her artwork, Research.

“Mine is about growing up in the Wheatbelt and also the problems with salinity and biodiversity being lost,” Emmerson said.

“That came from a series of work that I have been doing for a number of years about losing biodiversity.”

Ms Thomson said the gallery showed the diversity and creativity of Maylands’ artists.

“We are emphasising the fact that it is individual artists’ works in a gallery format,” she said.

“I am hoping that if the 6051 exhibition goes ahead that we could get recurring funding to continue this so that each year, more artwork is added to the wall and it becomes a bigger and bigger gallery.”

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell said the artworks, which would be located behind his bar, would be a nice attraction that improved the precinct.

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