Mt Lawley: Sacred Heart Primary students partner with artist to create laneway mural

Year Six students Raphael Chavez, Lia Ottobrino and Nina Nguyen at the mural. Picture: Jessica Warriner.
Vincent mayor Emma Cole with Marianne, Frances and Conchetta Rechichi, alongside Sacred Heart visual arts teacher Jenni Del Marco. Picture: Supplied.
Year Six students Raphael Chavez, Lia Ottobrino and Nina Nguyen at the mural. Picture: Jessica Warriner. Vincent mayor Emma Cole with Marianne, Frances and Conchetta Rechichi, alongside Sacred Heart visual arts teacher Jenni Del Marco. Picture: Supplied.

SACRED Heart Primary School students have unveiled their new street art in Mt Lawley.

Working with artist James Giddy, Year Six students painted a wall alongside the Rechichi family’s Chelmsford Road home.

Visual Arts teacher Jenni Del Marco said the project, made possible through a City of Vincent Community Support Grant, was always going to be about more than learning how to make public art.

“It was an inter-cultural, inter-generational and local community experience as well,” she said.

“The Rechichi family who own the wall met with the students at the start of the project to share their stories and Delianuova in Italy, life in Australia and their own school years at Sacred Heart.”

Guests at the official mural opening included Vincent mayor Emma Cole and new chief executive David MacLennan, Perth MLA John Carey and Archbishop Emeritus Barry Hickey.

Artist James Giddy could not attend the event in person, but said as he and the students painted, many locals and neighbours came to see what was going on.

“It’s great to get the reception from the community and have the children leave their mark in a public space rather than just a school,” he said.