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Chalk the Walk competition returns with cash prize up for grabs

Chalk the Walk is set to return to the streets of Newcastle as part of the upcoming New Annual Festival, and this year the event is inviting locals to join in the fun.

There are only 12 places available for artists over the age of 18 but there’s also an opportunity for young artists to team up with a family member and take part in the Family Chalking Competition.

“We’re inviting Artists from Newy and afar to create their own chalk art masterpieces in our
Pavement Art Competition at the Newcastle Visitor Information Centre on Saturday the 23rd
September,” Founder of Chalk the Walk, Andi Mether said.

“All styles and levels of experience are welcome, it’s a great opportunity to showcase your work and network with other artists.”

Artists will be encouraged to feature threatened species from the lower Hunter region in their designs with some great prizes, thanks to NSW Saving our Species, on offer too.

The top artist will have a chance to walk away with a cash prize of $2000, with other accolades like People’s Choice and Highly Commended also up for grabs.

The event has a rich history, with past participants including renowned figures like Archibald Prize Winner Blak Douglas and World Street Painting Champion Jenny McCracken.

This year, Newy-trained Artist Mariko Konno (who took out last year’s Highly Commended Chalk the Walk prize) is back to create a feature artwork.

“I’ve loved being part of Chalk the Walk,” Mariko said.

“It’s so much fun and is really accessible for any kind of artist to get involved in.”

Chalk the Walk will take over the streets of Newcastle from the 18th to the 23rd of September 2023. To find out more and register for the competition visit