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2015 International Mural Fest Finalists

International Mural Fest 2015

Finalists

Patricia Smart & Olly Grohs Bullaburra - NSW

Gren Freeman Howrah - Tas

Frances Rowland & Colin Wregg Westlake - Qld

Nikolay B Dimitrov & Daniel N Dubarov (SuperGteam ) - Bulgaria Europe

Lindsay Gardam Sheffield - Tas

Judy U & Jon Nelson Westbury - Tas

Alicia Swiderski & Dorota Swiderski Sheffield - Tas & Hurstbridge Vic

Fereleth Lee & Jane Lemon Sheffield - Tas & Staverton Tas

Herb Herring Ulverstone - Tas

 
The 2015 Muralfest finalists

International Mural Fest 2015

Finalists

Patricia Smart & Olly Grohs Bullaburra - NSW

Gren Freeman Howrah - Tas

Frances Rowland & Colin Wregg Westlake - Qld

Nikolay B Dimitrov & Daniel N Dubarov (SuperGteam ) - Bulgaria Europe

Lindsay Gardam Sheffield - Tas

Judy U & Jon Nelson Westbury - Tas

Alicia Swiderski & Dorota Swiderski Sheffield - Tas & Hurstbridge Vic

Fereleth Lee & Jane Lemon Sheffield - Tas & Staverton Tas

Herb Herring Ulverstone - Tas

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Wild & Free Sculpture Winners

  Judges choice Cradle Mountain Candy Co Award: "Freedom of the Mind" by Nicholas Stevens.

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Judges choice Highly Commended:                       " Rusty Bird" by Lindsay Arnold.

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 People's Choice:                                                     "Tassie Brown" by Don Foster.

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Mural Fest upholds competition rules

 April 3, 2013

In a storm of controversy, Mural Fest finalist Christian Griffiths, aka ‘Sauce’, is now out of the competition.

Governance Manager Phil Turner said the issue arose when Sauce insisted on using his own paint.

Mr Turner said that it was clearly defined in the agreement signed by all finalists that the artists must use the supplied paint.

“Sauce was intending on using a mix of his own paint and the paint provided by us,” Mr Turner said.

“Complying with the terms of the rules, and to be fair for all parties involved, we see it as a compromise in the competition that he didn’t want to abide by,” he said.

Mr Turner said the committee met several times with Sauce in an attempt to resolve the situation, but that he had returned to his mural station and continued to use his own paint.

It was then that he was asked to leave the competition.

Mr Turner said their intention was not to be heavy-handed, but to be fair to all of the other competitors.

Sauce, a seasoned Mural Fest finalist, was painting in the competition for the fourth time.

“We really appreciate Sauce as an artist, and very much wanted him to paint,” Mr Turner said.

“But breaking the rules is not in the spirit of the event,” he said. “Rules are rules, and in the interests of all the other competitors, we have to uphold them.”

“And it’s not just about the art and artists,” Mr Turner said.

“This is a community event, and we need to consider everyone involved, including all of the volunteers who give so generously of their time and skill.”

Arts Manager Julian Bale, a five-time Mural Fest finalist and previous winner, said the rules from day one have been that artists paint with the supplied paint 

“Artists tend to have their favourite paint,” he said. “But most artists have been very happy to comply in the interests of the competition,” he said.

“Sauce is extremely gifted, and he could have finished his mural very easily with the paint provided,” Mr Bale said.

“The paint we supplied can be used for all styles, including graffiti art,” he said. “You can put the paint into pressure cans, to get the same effect as an aerosol.”

“We did everything we could to get Sauce to stay,” Mr Bale said. “Even offering to fill his pressure cans for him.”

Mr Bale said they used a supplied paint in an attempt to keep a level playing field.

“But also, because the murals are commissioned works as such, which may end up on our “Wall of Fame”, we have to consider the issue of longevity and maintenance,” he said. 

The paint supplied is Resene, a world-renowned mural paint. It was chosen for its ease of blending, longevity and consistency – less coats are required, enabling artists to finish their murals faster. It is also one of the most eco-friendly paints in the world.

“We’re trying to give the artists the Rolls Royce quality,” Mr Bale said.

Mr Bale, who is also the curator and restorer of the Sheffield murals, said the problem with using aerosols is an issue of longevity, and with having it curated and restored.

“To seal it is a bit tricky, and also to maintain it,” Mr Bale said.

“You can still do graffiti work, but you have to use the paint supplied.”

Having an artist leave the competition is a first for Mural Fest, but the committee stand by their decision.

Mural Fest president Des Brown said their main concern was in upholding the integrity of the competition.

“Rules are rules,” Mr Brown said. “We have an obligation to all of our finalists and sponsors to run the competition fairly.”

The remaining eight finalists will now compete for the Inder Prize of $12,500. The winner will be announced on Saturday, April 6.

 

ENDS

For more information please contact Des Brown on 0429 911 517.

 
2013 Entries

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The imagination wild and free. A child’s mind creates the freedom
which is unrestrained. Searching for the unexpected, creating
anticipation of surprise in the secret location. It is in the heart of the
child that wilderness is found.

Hide And Seek

by Loren Whiffin 

Sponsored by:
IGA X-press
Tony Braid Building 

 


 

sanza.jpgBy interlacing the imagery of this poetic stanza with my signature

thematic concerns of exotic surrealism and the boundless potential for
beauty in utopian landscapes, I have created an artwork that seeks to
depict, in vivid dream-like technicolour, the breathless exhilaration and
depth of passion that comes with unbridled freedom.

Poetic Stanza

by Shannon Crees

Sponsored by:
Sheffield Hotel


bonnieandclyde.jpgLeanne’s idea and vision – John’s attempt at painting her thoughts.

Our painting depicts the spiritual link between women and cats. A
Tasmanian convict woman breaks free, her cat awaits, both just a
whisker away from the wild, both about to do a certain amount of
unescorted roaming, while in their eyes, magic resides.

 

Bonnie and Clyde

by John Eathorne and Leanne Tamas

Sponsored by:
Slaters Country Store 


 

 

searchtheheart.jpgNature itself is “freedom unrestrained”. Reaching into your heart to

see the wonderful freedom of nature, no matter how miniscule, is

uplifting the soul. 

 

Searching The Heart

by Heather Sprott

Sponsored by:
Fudge ‘n’ Good Coffee
Silver Ridge Retreat
The Don Store


 

1969.jpgXIX LXIX illuminates the possibilities of the space-time continuum,

which as humans, we experience without consciousness. Earth is
paradoxical by being both monumental and insignificant. Humanity
is constantly seeking physical answers to metaphysical questions
which creates barriers and restraints on our own freedom.

XIX LXIX

by Sauce

Sponsored by:
Treloar Transport 


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This mural was inspired by children’s play. Children are so naturally
curious and imaginative that it feels as though their worlds have
no boundaries… like sitting on a swing and pretending to fly… wild
and free.

No Boundaries

by Alicia Swiderski and Dorota Swiderski

Sponsored by:
Targa Tasmania 


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There is more out there than we know about... but, that is why they
are still free. If we knew about them they would probably be in a giant
“Goldfish Bowl” somewhere. (Their secret is safe with us!)

 

Still Free

by Keith and Loretta Sommer

Sponsored by:
Tasmanian Alkaloids 

 
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