The Thirroul Plaza mural project workshops began on Wednesday 24th April – Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre attracted many interested young participants with Sam Newstead, the artist, recently completing the task. Sam has painted the mural with the young people from the Centre in collaboration with the Northern Illawarra Youth Project. Sam is one of the five artists employed by Wollongong Council to create the mural. Some of the other artists have done ceramic art as part of the piece.
“It has been such a fantastic experience! Sam was fantastic in encouraging young people (and our staff!) and has taught the young people a lot of new skills.” said Emily Messieh, “Her creativity is very inspiring. It has been really interesting to learn more about the young people – it’s amazing how much they open up when they have a paint brush in their hands.”
Installation occurred on 27th-28th July. Take a walk past Thirroul Plaza to see the final result.
Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre has been successful in obtaining Work and Development Order status which means young people can “work off” their fines while being involved in the painting of community murals and learning other new skills.
This mural is the second in a series that Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre is doing under the project name “Regener8.” Regener8 aims to showcase the talents of young people in their community and encourages young people to be involved and “give back” to their community with the assets and talents they have. The next mural will be done on the Thirroul Railway Overpass, which is approximately 30 metres long and has been sponsored by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
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