Horsham Art is...festival seeks community input for retro postcard mural on Coles supermarket wall

IDEAS: Nexus Horsham, Grampians Community Health and Horsham Council are searching for images to put on a mural for the Art is..festival.
IDEAS: Nexus Horsham, Grampians Community Health and Horsham Council are searching for images to put on a mural for the Art is..festival.

HORSHAM’S Art is...festival will search for inspiration to help complete a mural on the side of the Coles supermarket.

As part of the festival from June 2 to 11, a postcard mural will be placed on the brick wall along Robert’s Avenue, Horsham.

Nexus Horsham, Grampians Community Health and Horsham Rural City Council will encourage the community to suggest images that symbolise Horsham and the Wimmera. 

Festival project manager Sarah Natali said the mural would take the form of a retro-style postcard with each large letter filled with an image or design.

”In each letter will be an image that defines Horsham or the Wimmera - be that an image of the TG tower or someone rock climbing or waterskiing,” she said.

The competition for ideas is due to open this week.

The mural will be installed the first week of June by Melbourne based Street artist Dan Wenn from 90degrees.

Shopfronts join festival  

The ‘Galleries on the Side’ exhibit will again be a part of the Art is...festival, with Horsham retailers opening up their shopfront windows to artists.

A Galleries on the Side work to be exhibited can be any medium of work, as long as it can be accommodated in the window of the business that the entrants are partnering with.

The artwork could be could be oil, watercolour, photography, textile or sculpture.

The festival has offered a range of prizes for entries, including a weekend workshop at Grampians Brushes 17 or Grampians Textures 18, valued at $290; a $50 voucher from ACE Art Supplies; or a $50 voucher from Red Rock Books.

There will be an official opening of Galleries on the Side, announcement of winners and a group walking art tour as part of the Art is… festival at 10am on June 3 starting at the Post Office bell on Firebrace Street.

The entry form and a list of participating businesses is available online at www.artiswimmera.com/gos.