STREET ART: An example of one of Guido van Helten’s works at Redfern.
STREET ART: An example of one of Guido van Helten’s works at Redfern.

Street art returns to liven up Stanthorpe

FOLLOWING the resounding positive feedback on the street mural of the wall of the Pure Heaven store, Stanthorpe is about to get another makeover.

The Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, in partnership with Kontraband Studios, has announced that legendary street artist Guido van Helten will be coming to Stanthorpe in May as part of the First Coat festival with the wall at 16 Maryland St to be his new canvas.

Toowoomba’s hugely popular street art festival is expanding and Stanthorpe will be one of its first ‘satellite’ murals

The Brisbane-born artist recently made world headlines when he painted a striking portrait in an incinerator in Chernobyl as part of the 30th commemorations.

The piece which was created in six hours, was the first street art mural permitted inside the disaster zone.

Back home Guido attracted attention with his 30 metro high depiction of four farmers in regional Victoria.

Visitors drove for hours to see a giant mural on disused wheat silos overlooking the tiny, drought-stricken Wimmera community of Brim.

Stanthorpe Art Gallery director Nicola Holly has been largely responsible for attracting street art to the region.

“Guido is one of the best contemporary artists in the country and we are extremely proud to welcome him to Stanthorpe,” she said.

“We had an overwhelming positive response to our first mural in February by ‘Drapl’.

“Murals are the best way to bring colour and life into a town; they uplift people and create a sense of civic pride in the region.”

Two years ago, curator Grace Dewar kicked off the First Coat street art festival – an event that’s seen over 50 walls in Toowoomba given mural makeovers from street artists.

“We are very flattered and honoured that First Coat invited Stanthorpe to be a part of their festival,” Nicola said.

“We would like to thank them for their efforts in bringing such an incredible artist to our region.”

You can catch Guido van Helten painting at 16 Maryland St on May 26 and 27.

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