Ipswich artists can hone their skills alongside some of the best in the business when the Brisbane Street Art Festival comes to town.
Six street art workshops over two days will give budding artists, as well as those more accomplished, the chance to develop and refine their abilities.
The workshops on 8 and 9 August will cover aerosol skills, brushwork techniques and key considerations for artists who would like to undertake large-scale street art projects.
Mayor Teresa Harding said the council was committed to enhancing its engagement with the creative community and ensuring that partnerships, such as with Brisbane Street Art Festival, would deliver benefits to local artists.
“Ipswich has a very active arts and cultural scene that contributes to our strong sense of community identity while also providing social and economic benefits,” Mayor Harding said.
“It’s exciting to see artists with a strong connection to Ipswich featured in the popular Brisbane Street Art Festival.
“The program will not only provide important networking and development opportunities for Ipswich artists but also deliver seven world-class, large-scale public murals for our community.
“These murals are the first step to creating a street art trail that showcases the work of our artists and enhances the vibrancy of our city.
“We have a lot more work to do as a council to support the creative sector, but we’re committed to engagement and developing arts and culture opportunities across the city.”
Among the artists who will contribute to the city’s street art scene as part of the festival is contemporary Aboriginal artist Rachael Sarra, who was born and raised in Ipswich.
Ms Sarra, who will paint a wall on the side of the Ipswich Health Plaza in Bell Street, said she was planning something special for her hometown.
“Having the opportunity to create work in the city I’ve grown up in is really exciting. It’s great to be able to see art and culture reflected in our communities,” Ms Sarra said.
Ms Sarra is not the only Ipswich connection among the artists.
Fintan Magee, whose father was head of art and design at Bremer TAFE, and Gus Eagleton, a former resident whose earlier works are featured in the Woollen Mills, are also taking part.
Painting for the Ipswich program of the Brisbane Street Art Festival begins on Monday, 27 July.
It all comes together on the weekend of 8 and 9 August, when the community can take part in public viewings and meet artists at their walls.
On Saturday, 8 August from 5pm to 8pm, The Swich Up Live-Stream will also be broadcast from Studio 188 featuring live artist interviews, local music performances and a live Scribble Slam.
The Brisbane Street Art Festival was originally planned for May but events had to be rescheduled and reshaped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Brisbane Street Art Festival Ipswich program is presented in partnership with the Regional Arts Development Fund, Coates Hire and Dulux.
The Regional Arts Development Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Ipswich City Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
To find out more on Brisbane Street Art Festival head to bsafest.com.au or follow Brisbane Street Art Festival on Facebook (@BrisbaneStreetArt) or Instagram (@bsafest).
A piece by artist Fintan Magee. Image courtesy Brisbane Street Art Festival.