Headline art in the city

Mater Dei art students Madison Gracie, Nicholas Puglia, Jamie Worrall, Emma Rosser and Erin Puccinelli.
Mater Dei art students Madison Gracie, Nicholas Puglia, Jamie Worrall, Emma Rosser and Erin Puccinelli.

140 ART is an urban art campaign that will see shopfronts and walls along Wellington, William and Murray Street Mall come alive with the works of nationally recognised artists such as Phibs, Andy Quilty, Anya Brock, Amok and Pip McManus.

While viewing the works at the temporary gallery, at 140 William Street, college head of arts Brian Morison and five students were invited to return and paint their own mural.

‘We’re so very excited at the opportunity to have completed some public art in the city among other artists’ work such as Andrew Fraser, Pippa McManus and Phibs,’ he said.

‘Being able to speak to Andrew Fraser was a great experience for the students and I.

‘He was very generous with his time and inspired the students to trust their own artistic skills and see the possible creative career pathways that they might be able to take in the future.’

They spent the last month developing ideas and trialling different mediums.

‘Given the idea to design a face utilising pattern, symmetry and unity, the students came up with many ideas including mother earth, adornment and musical links as well,’ Mr Morison said.

‘We have also utilised a school of fish to create further movement, unity, pattern and transparency through out the mural.’

Phibs is one of the most recognised names on the Australian street art scene and is famous for his mural at Movida restaurant in Melbourne.

He flew over to headline the campaign, which will be open to the public until January 31.