Show stopping street ArtMoves to the South East

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The streets of the eastern suburbs will be transformed by the works of talented Australian artists selected to revitalise Kingsford and Kensington as part of Transport for NSW and Randwick Council’s ArtMoves public art program.

Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said the program will see five sites along the CBD and South East Light Rail route in Kensington and Kingsford host new public art from renowned artists, reactivating areas and creating fresh spaces for the community to enjoy.

“We’re very excited to announce a raft of both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists who will be bringing their amazing talent to the streets of the east,” Ms Prendergast said.

“It’s also a great opportunity to work alongside Randwick City Council in choosing the five sites on the light rail alignment which are to be transformed with this head turning public art work.”

Randwick Mayor Noel D'Souza said: “Public art brings so much to a community, it can help foster a deeper sense of connection, invigorate familiar spaces and help people see these areas with fresh eyes,” said Randwick Mayor Noel D’Souza.

"These artists have created works that will bring colour and character to our streets, and we’re very excited to share them with everyone.”

Following a competitive Expression of Interest process, seven projects were selected, showcasing the outstanding work of a range of artists along the light rail route as part of the ArtMoves program.

Ms Prendergast said there was an overwhelming response of over 70 applicants for the ArtMoves program and the talent and ideas we saw were creative and diverse, making it a difficult choice for the judges.

“The successful projects will showcase a range of innovative public art including murals that pay tribute to the local culture, a gramophone which amplifies sound and sculptures which redefine the way locals and visitors relate to public spaces,” she said.

The artists engaged are ONDRU, Mimi Tong, Hand to Land Studios, Elliot Routledge (A.K.A Numskull) , Nuha Saad, Mandylights and Esem Projects with the works progressively being installed from late July at Southern Cross Close, Borrowdale Road, Strachan Street, Todman Avenue and Duke Street.

The artwork will will be gradually installed over the coming months, and remain in place until February 2018.

ArtMoves - Southern Cross Close

Melbourne-based non-profit humanitarian organisation Ondru will transform Southern Cross Close with their engaging large-scale photographic mural Kingsford – Flying on Community Spirit using a montage of individuals from the Kingsford community.

ArtMoves - Southern Cross Close

Esem Projects, a creative collaboration between Sarah Barns and Michael Killalea, will playfully celebrate the musicality of urban cultures with their sculpture ViaPhono, a piece that invites friends and strangers alike into Southern Cross Close to share their personal music.

ArtMoves - Borrodale Rd, Kingsford

Hand To Land is an experimental collaboration of young, ambitious landscape architects Fergus McCarthy, Lewis Haig and Sibyl Jia who together have created Surprise Dumplings, a quirky installation designed to provoke the curiosity of passers-by on Borrodale Road.

Mimi Tong works across photography, drawing and installation to explore her interest in architectural spaces and cultural experience. Her Chinese enamelware floral painting is designed to transform the Borrodale Road space inviting locals and visitors to pause and admire.

ArtMoves - Strachan St, Kensington

Elliott’s work exists in a balance between expressive mark making, the lines, patterns and textures used to create a piece of art, and abstract form. The aim of his bold and playful Strachan Street mural The Playground is to engage and entice.

ArtMoves - Todman Ave, Kensington

Nuha Saad is a contemporary Sydney artist who works across the areas of sculpture, painting, installation and public art. Her use of form and materials in Velvet Nostalgia, to be installed on Todman Avenue, pays tribute to the area’s rich 19th and 20th Century architectural details.

ArtMoves - Duke St, KensingtonAdrienn Lord is a Mandylights production designer with a keen focus on the sculptural and immersive qualities of the team’s work. His Duke Street piece, Unwind, embraces a harmony of function and beauty. It is anything but an ordinary park bench.

More information: ArtMoves website

Last Updated: 1 March 2022
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