If you’ve ever ventured down to Port Adelaide, you surely would have spotted some of our city’s best (and most Instagrammed) large-scale street art murals. It’s all thanks to the Wonderwalls Festival that was held among the historic streets of The Port back in 2015.
After the success of that first South Australian Wonderwalls Festival, Renewal SA is thrilled to be able to bring back the three-day festival on April 21–23, 2017. With a line-up of 30 international, national and local street artists, the remaining blank spaces around Port Adelaide are sure to be splashed with bold colours.
Apart from watching the large-scale pieces come to life the festival offers a myriad of activities from artist talks, street parties, photographic tours and an exhibition. The best part? It’s all completely free!
Friday night will see the festival officially kick off at 6pm with the opening of the exhibition featuring 17 hand-picked artists and a street party on Mundy St that will be buzzing on until 11pm.
Get ready for a jam-packed Saturday with the artists talks & walks, photographic tours with Canon Collective ambassador Steve Huddy and another night street party where you’ll get the chance to enjoy great good and drinks while rubbing shoulders with the artists.
Sunday will be your best opportunity to get a glimpse of what the final murals will look like as the artists add their finishing touches – pack your cameras!
The festival’s Artistic Director, Joel Van Moore (better known as Vans The Omega), says it’s an exciting prospect to once again bring the festival to our state.
“Wonderwalls grows from strength to strength each year and the 2017 Port Adelaide festival is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever,” Joel says. “Wonderwalls brings together some of the world’s most highly acclaimed street artists to work alongside Adelaide’s finest and we expect some of the murals to be the largest ever seen in Australia.”
Joel is also one of the 30 participating artists and is known for his – as he puts it – “multi-dimensional portraiture meets pattern-making and fabric design collided with graffiti” works.
He’ll be alongside Amanda Lynn who’s flying down from San Francisco. Amanda says she’s “very excited to be working amongst such a talented group of artists” for Wonderwalls and thanks her friend Joel for organising the event. Amanda’s work extrudes girl power as all her murals are inspired by the female form and spirit where she depicts strong, seductive women.
Another female making her way to SA is Wollongong’s Claire Foxton. Late last year she was part of her hometown’s Wonderwall Festival and she’s “madly excited” to do it all again in Port Adelaide this April. It’s hard to believe she only painted her first large-scale mural just last year, which triggered her love for public art and its inevitable exchange between the artist and the local community. We’re super excited to see one of her colour-laden, abstract pieces come to life during the festival.
Of course there’s 27 other talented and diverse artists joining them from all corners of the country and globe, you can spy the full lineup here.
April 21–23, 2017
To book your spot for a free Canon photo tour visit canon.com.au/collective