Local artists bring interactive art to Chapman Road

Published on Thursday, 9 September 2021 at 1:51:31 PM

Shah Jackey, Luke Barlow, Rachel Weaver.

Picture Caption: Local artists Shah Jackey, Luke Barlow and Rachel Weaver.

Public art in Geraldton’s CBD is about to reach new heights with several local artists on board to activate and bring Chapman Road to life.

A partnership with RAC will help to deliver the Chapman Road Tactical Urbanisation Pilot Project. ‘Art on Chapman’ will see the stretch of road from Durlacher Street to Cathedral Avenue completely transformed - and art is high on the agenda.

Local artists Luke Barlow, Shah Jackey and Rachel Weaver along with artists from Yamaji Art and local students will all contribute to some very quirky, colourful and interactive artworks.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the impactful designs are primed to be a popular go-to on Geraldton’s art trail.

“We know how much our community and visitors really value and enjoy public art, especially street art – so it’s great to see such varied artists come on board for this exciting transformation,” he said.

“There will be beautiful images, lots of colour and something for everyone with selfie walls, Aboriginal artwork and a quirky interactive series for the kids.

“It’s amazing to see the revitalisation of our CBD continue and we’ve seen outstanding flow-on effects from the Foreshore, through to Rocks Laneway – and now onto Chapman Road.

“Watch this space – it’s going to be very exciting!”

Aligning with the theme of ‘Ocean to Outback’ the artists on board were given briefs for different elements of the project including planter boxes, wall designs and window panels.

Artworks have now been completed with installation and project works set to be completed by the end of September.

The 12-month pilot project is delivered by the City in partnership with RAC through its Reconnect WA initiative, which aims to create vibrant streets and public spaces for Western Australians to interact and connect.

RAC Group Executive Social and Community Impact Patrick Walker said RAC is proud to support projects which bring new energy and vibrancy to our communities. 

“A key priority of RAC’s Reconnect WA initiative is to inspire local residents and businesses to get involved in driving positive change in their local areas, so we’re thrilled the community has the opportunity to help shape this pilot project and any longer-term changes that may follow,” he said.

The project will make use of low-cost temporary materials such as tree planters, parklets, art, painted pedestrian areas and an improved crossing to make a safer, more pedestrian friendly streetscape that adds vibrancy to the area. 

The pilot plan has been developed by a working party made up of local business operators and property owners, community group members, youth, Main Roads WA and others.

For more information on the project, head to the City’s website.

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