Street Art Walking Update

Just a quick post to share the latest Street Art Walking news.

So, in June we hosted our first exhibition and we are still getting positive feedback about how great the night was. I’d like to thank the artists and everyone involved with the night. We got to meet lots of fresh faces, as well as a chance to catch up with friends from other local businesses. The night wouldn’t have been made possible without King Street Hotel, so thanks to Russel and the entire team. It is great to work with such a happy, flexible and innovative team of people. We are certainly looking forward to working with them again.

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July has been exciting and a bit of an adjustment period, as I have gained a contract for a role as Placemaking Coordinator for Hunter Development Coorporation. It’s early days yet and have some exciting initiatives that I’m researching. This new role has meant that some of the SAW projects that were pending (without secure budgets) have had to be wound down, or put on hold.

Never fear, we are still behind the magic curtain, ticking over on a bunch of cool stuff. Like what?

A new website and a new (first ever) art walk map, designed by Pocket Design. A special thank you to Brett Piva for all his time and energy into assisting myself with the new directions and design items. Brett is also an amazing artist and one of the team members to Time & Place, a fantastically fresh ARI in Newcastle. Their current show (featuring a personal fav Eddie Botha) looks fabulous and I can’t wait to see it, get in before 10th August – on Hunter Street, near The CBD Hotel.

We are scheming an event that will be a collaboration with The Opening Hours, after deciding that the timeframes were just too short to make it in as a satellite event of This Is Not Art. We really, really wanted to make it in with time, but it’s not feasible. This year, anyways. We ha e the walls secured, funding bodies are happy with concept and next will be scheduling a time that’s feasible. It’s looking to be pretty big and we’d rather do it well, with as many involved as possible, as opposed to trimming it back!

We are still scheming some new works to be installed soon, so stay tuned!

We will be blogging live from New York next month and are accepting stickers via mail. Get in touch if you want to come along to NY with us 😉

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(above image featuring NY stencil card taken in Curve Gallery Newcastle)

Street Art Walking Update

UMPEL meets MINI

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This week I was contacted by a local car company, The Kloster Group, whom are having a ‘Pop Up’ Promo shop that will feature a graffitied car (artist unknown, at this stage, we will update when we know) inside a currently empty shop. Kloster specifically requested UMPEL, after finding these blogs that I (try) to keep updating with new content. It’s all pretty exciting, as it’s new territory and a different style of job. The artwork is to compliment an existing marketing campaign for Mini. Wow!

For those of you that follow my work in Gosford, you will know that I work trying to ‘fill’ empty shops, with creative projects. So there is a nice synergy here with this new project.

We have done the site inspection and UMPEL is scheming ideas. The project should be up and open for viewing after next Friday. Stay tuned for more details and images.
– Simone

UMPEL meets MINI

Cleaning up the city

This week we have been measuring up, well, lanes of space.

As many of you know, we have been (literally) working in Theatre Lane, pasting up art posters to ‘lift’ the area. The project is going well, considering the torrents of rain we have been having. Today, when we were doing some maintenance, we came across a very newly dead pigeon. We won’t go into detail, just to say, this is not the first time we’ve encountered such matter on the street.

In one area of Hunter Street mall, there are a number of properties sharing lane way space. Often, these areas, become overlooked and uncared for.

Our newest project is bringing together over three property owners, equating to over 500 per square metres of space.

The areas will need serious cleaning and clearing before artists can work in the area. Today we came across many spiders (including one very huge and angry red back), weeds and a broken couch, rotten with water and whatever else.

Soon the area will be transformed from a black hole into a brighter place, filled with artworks.

Expressions of interest from artists will be called very soon. Preparing photos, measurements and maps at the moment.

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Cleaning up the city