Art features in September long weekend

Published on Thursday, 17 September 2020 at 11:16:17 AM

Public art, laneway activations and a mural are some of the features bringing colour and vibrancy to the Albany CBD on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend this month.

The City of Albany have worked with local artists to develop a program of pop-up art installations aimed at supporting local business and building community confidence after the Covid-19 emergency.

York Street will be home to three laneway installations from Nat Rad & John Carberry, Jo Taylor and Serena McLachlan which were scheduled for South West Street Festival that was cancelled in March due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A fourth laneway will be activated by the City with the Celebration Highway Community Bunting Installation that displays the bunting that was created by residents through Covid-19 lockdown.

Stirling Terrace will be the canvas for a new permanent mural by Cody Hulkes titled Jumbo which tells the story of Jumbo the elephant who ran away from the Albany circus in 1929.

Mayor of Albany Dennis Wellington said the City was pleased to be able to reactivate the laneway artworks.

“Events bring community together so it is exciting to be able to put on a pop-up art exhibition in Albany that allows our residents and visitors to enjoy local art at no expense,” Mayor Wellington said.

“Cancelling South West Street Festival was disappointing, but necessary to ensure our community remained safe as Covid-19 unfolded.

“Having a number of local artists involved with the long weekend activation is fantastic, and the inclusion of a permanent artwork in the Jumbo mural will allow the community to continue to engage with the Stirling Terrace laneway.”

Green Skills Sustainable Community Festival & Spring Markets will also take place on Friday, 25 September from 4pm and Saturday 26 September from 9am to 8pm.

A full brochure of all the September long weekend activities can be downloaded here

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