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Green street art competition to beautify Ipswich electricity boxes

Council has launched a unique green street art competition where local artists and community members of all ages have the opportunity for their designs to be displayed across one of eleven large Energex boxes in Ipswich Central.

Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle said the Green Walkable Streets Artwork Project builds on recent placemaking activities to activate Ipswich Central’s public spaces.

“Council invites artwork based around the concept of ‘green street art’ with urban art designs that incorporate or reimagine trees, leaves, grass, flowers and flora,” Cr Doyle said.

“Local artists should look to Ipswich’s dozens of native species of flora and fauna for inspiration.

“This competition is part of council’s Ipswich Central Revitalisation which is working to establish a connected network of welcoming and safe pedestrian-focused streets that bring more creativity, community spirit and vitality into the heart of our city.

“There are also important social, environmental and economic benefits when people are encouraged to step away from their cars and to travel and explore our city on foot.

“Council is committed to working with our enthusiastic community of positive doers to create a place where residents are proud to live and which showcases our creativity to visitors.”

Entries to the Green Walkable Streets Artwork Project are open now until Wednesday 18 January.

Artwork must be entirely the work of the submitter and must not have been published in print or online or have won a prize in another art project.

Any participant under the age of 18 must have parental consent to enter.

For more information and to submit artwork visit Shape Your Ipswich.

Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said Green Walkable Streets Artwork Project submissions can be made by a single artist or as a collaborative group effort and will be reviewed by a panel of council staff and at least one external representative.

“Submissions are now open to Ipswich residents as well as amateur and experienced artists of all ages who currently work or study in the Ipswich local government area,” Cr Fechner said.

“Selected artworks will win a $250 gift card from a $2,750 prize pool with designs displayed as vinyl wraps on eleven Energex assets across Ipswich Central for at least a year.

“This community art project aims to improve the aesthetic of Ipswich Central infrastructure, showcase talented local artists, deter graffiti, improve the walkability of our streets and contribute to continuing ‘greening’ up of some of our city’s busiest thoroughfares.”

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