I have been working as a community artist for almost a decade, creating murals in various community-based welfare organisations and in Maiden’s Brush Road in Wyoming. The organisations I have worked with and for include: Wyoming Community Centre, in consultation with Wyoming Public School and Wyoming Youth Centre; Bondi Youth Accommodation; St George Youth Accommodation Service; St Vincent’s Homeless Drop-In Centre (East Sydney); Break-Thru Employment Services (Wyong), and Liverpool Youth Refuge.
I think the thing I love most about working with the community is seeing people who claim they can’t draw, or that they don’t have a creative bone in their body, produce beautiful, often naive works of art that, quite frankly, surprise themselves! For me, community art embraces imperfection…..and turns it into perfection!
There’s also something awesome about seeing your artwork BIG…and you can’t get much bigger than a bus shed! (Well, you can actually, but it would be literally and metaphorically painful to create something any bigger than that me thinks!) Kids especially love having their artwork up there for all to see, and they really do take something more than that away from the experience: group work skills, listening skills, and even new painting skills.
Every community art project is different, and all have different budget constraints. I do not, therefore, have a set fee for this service, so please make contact to discuss.
I am, of course, also able to do hand painted murals for children’s bedrooms and play areas, offering original artwork if required, as well as utilising and drawing off of your own ideas and images where supplied.