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Mural Fest Artist - A Week In Pictures

Jose Loza, Mural Fest 2009 artists from California, has put this fantastic gallery of images up on Flickr showing his experience of competing at Mural Fest.




To see what else Jose is up to visit his website:


And the winners are...

"The Wilderness Gallery 2009 International Mural Fests'" seventh year has yet again delivered a wonderfully colourful and exception array of work. The Mural Park has been well trod with locals and visiting tourists alike, all wanting to cast their vote for their favourite Mural. A few days of bad weather did not hinder the artists in completing their work, ready for the judges by 1pm yesterday (Saturday 18th April.)


The Wilderness Gallery 2009 International Mural Fest Judges Award Winner

Marc Spijkerbosch from New Zealand with his mural titled "Fire & Life". Marc was presented his prize money of $6,000.00 yesterday at the winners announcement held at the Sheffield Town Hall. Marc was also the winner of  last  year's "Wilderness Gallery 2008 International Mural Fest Judges Award", along with the "Slaters Country Store 2008 Visitors Choice Award" - the first time that anyone has scooped both the judges award and the visitors choice.

Marc Spijkerbosch

The Jelly Media 2009 Visitors Choice Award Winner

John Eathorne from Tasmania with his mural titled "Perdition".  John was also presented his prize money of $1,000.00 yesterday at the winners announcement held at the Sheffield Town Hall.

The visitors choice is the number of votes received during the week of Mural Fest and the voting was very close. Voting still continues for the rest of the year as the murals remain in the Mural Park until the Easter 2010 Mural Fest begins. These votes count towards the "Kentish Council 2009 Mural Fest People's Choice Award" and will be announced during Mural Fest 2010. John Eathorne

Also announced on Saturday was "The Slaters Country Store 2008 People's Choice Award" which was won by Patricia Smart from NSW with her mural titled "Hope". Patricia sent a video thank you as  she  was unable to attend the presentation in person. Patricia will be sent her prize money of $2,000.00 and has donated her mural to Mural Fest.

Patricia Smart

Rain, Wind and Bitter Cold

Kerry & Malcolm NicholsonThe artists at the 2009 Wilderness Gallery International Mural Fest have faced the ugly side of Tassie's climate with a day of wild winds, rain and low temperatures. All nine artists worked on despite the weather and are pushing ahead with their murals.

The team from the Taste of the North West feed the artists today plus the Scottish Scone Shop has been doing their regular daily delivery of scones to the hungry muralists.

There's no picking this years winner. The artists are producing outstanding works, so all eyes will be on the judges after brushes down this Saturday at 1pm.

Photos are now available for viewing from this years event HERE .

Stay Tuned for more updates!

Where's Muriel This Week?

MurielYou may have seen Sheffields' International Mural Fests' Mascot, "Muriel" the Tasmanian Devil, out and about last week inviting one and all to come and join the activities and witness our 9 finalists paint for the 2009 Mural Fest.

This week, Muriel can be found
Everyday between 12.30 and 1.30 in Mural Park, Sheffield.

Muriel at Devonport. Here she is with Greg Hunt MP (Shadow Minister for Climate Change, Environment & Water). 


2010 Poetry Competition Winner

poetry prizeThe winner of the Poetry Competition for the verse that will inspire artists for the 2010 Mural Fest has just been announced. Sheffield resident, Cindy Bennett, inspired to take up poetry by the growing arts community in Kentish was the winner for 2009 with her first attempt haiku styled poem titled “Fire & Life” and has again scooped the honor and won the competition for 2010 with her 4 line poem inspired by the theme of “HOME”. 

It was agreed to keep the limit of 2 – 4 lines for the Mural Fest 2010 poem, challenging poets to come up with an inspirational and short poem which will ultimately be interpreted by 9 artists in the Mural painting competition in 2010. After much deliberation from the committee, the winner was chosen with unanimous agreement as being a poem that will inspire strong imagery and variety in the mural paintings”.

The poem will be on display at the Mural Park in Sheffield from the start of “The Wilderness Gallery 2009 International Mural Fest” paint-off during Easter (Sunday 12th – Saturday 18th April) when visitors will get the chance to watch mural art in its creation. 


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