OF THE BEST
The Watering Hole
Thallon Graincorp Silo Mural
Central Southern Queensland
Best Mega Mural
Narrandera Water Tower Mural
It is not just the highly colourful mural that encases the water tower in Naranderra that makes this a show stopper. The addition of walking paths, interpretive signage, seating and parking spaces, including long bays for RVs, has created a new precinct that boasts panoramic views of the town. The judges remarked that this mural screams "Regional Australia", "Indigenous Culture", "Unique Environment" and "Community” – a beautiful combination. Artists: Apparition Media
Best External Mural
Looking Glass Fish in the Deep Hue Sea
The Sunshine Coast's first augmented reality mural is as cool as its host town has become. A Sunshine Coast Council initiative for Downtown Caloundra, the mural was created by street artist George Rose in collaboration with digital artist Sutu.
Best Utility Art
This mammoth 75-metre-long mural at Sydney’s Manly Beach was a Northern Beaches Council initiative. Painted by local muralist, Inkhunter, it was initially created to beautify the area around a major redevelopment on Manly's The Corso - a street and pedestrian mall that links the famous Manly Ferry with the equally famous beach. In a genius move, it will be re-purposed to help attract visitors to numerous local attractions once construction has ceased.
Best Street Art Trail
The PUBLIC Silo Trail
This 1000-kilometre self-drive trail spanning Western Australia’s Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions takes visitors to see six towering silo murals. The trail was created by FORM, a not-for-profit focussed on creative capacity building. This trail kick-started the craze that has now gripped Australia, with the very first silo art being completed in 2015 in Northam, less than a 100 kilometres from Perth. Image: Ravensthorpe silo art by Amok Island.
Best Business Mural
The Froth Lido Mural
Encasing the outside of the Froth Craft Brewery in Exmouth, on Western Australia’s coast, this mural has quickly become synonymous with the township. By Sadie James, it has turned the region’s marine animals into quirky characters that meet and greet visitors. Welcome to the Ningaloo region!
Best Amusing Street Art
Pucker up! This slightly naughty, totally hilarious mural is in the quaint beachside village of Emu Park and has turned stopping at the loo into a “must do” visitor experience. Painted by Simon McLean for Livingstone Shire Council, this is a “Beach Party”!
Best Rural Art
The Watering Hole
This 30-metre-high silo mural is as inspiring as the community for which it was created, and as memorable as the environment in which it sits. Joel Fergie aka The Zookeeper and Travis Vinson aka DRAPL spent three days immersed in the tiny town of Thallon, in central southern Queensland, to identify what makes this community unique even before they started designing the mural. The judges praised the community for creating opportunities through landmark celebrations and ticketed events to leverage the mural’s appeal, resulting in substantial national and state media coverage.
Best Monument or Memorial
Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Memorial
The multi-artwork memorial is the centrepiece of a precinct that pays tribute to the spirit of ANZAC and all men and women who have served in the defence of our nation. It has become the place where visitors are directed as a first priority – and that’s a remarkable transformation for a town historically known as a beach holiday haven.
Best Street Art Festival or Event
Colour Tumby Street Art Festival
Once a year tiny Tumby Bay grows in national focus and more than doubles in size as visitors flood in to enjoy Australia's best street art festival. The murals created on those occasions continue to draw visitors throughout the year. And the economic impact has local business owners smiling ear-to-ear, year-to-year. Judges praised the Tumby Bay Progress Association for the foresight this festival demonstrates, creating a legacy attraction. This mural artist: SMUG