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Big Picture Fest to commemorate 150 years of Wallsend

The walls of Wallsend will come alive next month as part of a satellite event leading up to the annual Big Picture Fest.

Festival Director Katerina Skoumbas has set her sights on transforming the walls of Wallsend into canvases of creativity, commemorating the suburb’s 150th anniversary.

“Since launching The Big Picture Fest in Newcastle, people have asked about getting murals in other suburbs like Carrington, Hamilton and Mayfield, so we are thrilled to have Wallsend as a satellite event,” she said.

Wallsend will play host to three breathtaking murals, each a testament to the past, present, and future of this vibrant community.

Renowned local artist Trevor Dickinson, famed for his whimsical style, will immortalize Wallsend’s storied landmarks with a vibrant vinyl artwork near Aldi.

“I was honoured to be asked to create this mural at Wallsend Village and it also gave me an insight to the landmarks and their background,” he said.

Wallsend shopping centre will serve as the backdrop for a contemporary masterpiece by Jordan Lucky which will give people a snapshot of the present constructed from found objects. And Sydney-based painter Calum Hotham will breathe new life into the old Electrodry building with a stunning mural capturing the evolution of Wallsend’s identity.

“The found objects mural is a Playstate initiative, designed with myself and talented artist Dan Bianco,” Jordan said.

“More street art will be beneficial to the thriving community of Wallsend. It’s one of the few affordable places left to live in the city, and street art is the visual point between the businesses to encourage more walking around and pedestrian activity.”

The Wallsend murals will give locals a taste of what’s to come when Big Picture Fest takes over the city for three days between 27-29 September. Visit thebigpicturefest.com.