Art transformation

BLANK CANVAS: Local graphic designer Jeff Power is keen to create street art on a blank wall in Smith Street, Smithton during Art About Town, with CHArts member Ranane Zanker and Circular Head Council’s Jodie Saville looking forward to the month of arts in Circular Head. Picture: Jelena Potpara.

Culture. Art About Town is set to be transformed from a youth art and photography competition to a month-long celebration for all ages.

From street art to exhibitions, the Circular Head Council initiative is set to see art put to the forefront during the month of September.

Youth and community services officer Jodie Saville said the council’s community team is always on the lookout for new ideas and events.

When it was suggested that artists take over blank walls in Smithton to create a street-art walk through town, the team was on board.

“We already wanted to run a large-scale local photography competition and we already had the Art About Town youth art competition,” Ms Saville said.

“We just decided it was a natural progression to put all of these things together and we hope that, all going well, it will expand in the coming years.”

As part of the month, the usual Art About Town – In Focus photography competition will have an added twist and more prizes; and Stanley will host a movie and book launch.

“Art in any medium is important,” Ms Saville said. “It allows artists to express themselves . . . and it also impacts the viewer or listener.

“We felt this was an opportunity to engage local artists and allow their work to be seen by everybody.

“There are so many talented people in our community and we don’t always get to see their amazing work.”

It has been a collaborative project, particularly supported by Circular Head Arts (CHArts).

“They were looking for a way to reinvent themselves,” Ms Saville said of the group.

“They are very supportive of this project and will be running the CHArtchibald as part of the month.”

The CHArtchibald Prize is a portrait competition open to all ages, inviting submissions of portraits of local identities.

Prizes are $1000 for first prize and $500 for people’s choice.

The pieces will be displayed at Time Out on Emmett during the month of September.

The month will culminate in a celebration at Arty Duck where winners will be announced.

To find out more about Art About Town, visit, or to learn more about CHArts visit the group’s Facebook page.



Local artists interested in creating a street-wall art piece for Art About Town can contact Jodie Saville on 6452 4800.

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