The Colours of Coburg

You may have seen some colourful walls emerging around the area, but who is it getting their hands dirty, and what’s it all about?

The Coburg Trader’s Association has partnered with some exciting emerging local artists to bring a dash of colour to some forgotten places. The aim of the Colours of Coburg project is to:

  • Brighten up dark and unused spaces
  • Continue Coburg’s tradition of creativity
  • Deter graffiti and tagging
  • Continue to support local residents by increasing the sense of safety and better lighting and street scaped walkways.

As roll out the program across various locations, you might have spotted our first installation in the Dunnes Lane location with 11 Colours, 297 square meters and one beautiful walkway.

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Our second location takes us to Melbourne based artists Hayley and Amanda, who met while studying Fine Art at RMIT in 2008, and are now working on the nut shop wall. The two have been have been chatting to locals as they work away on their enormous wall design. Excited traders have been keeping us updated with photos and progress reports.

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The Colours of Coburg project has married beautifully with the ladies’ own creative practices. As these two artists investigate colour, movement, energy and spatial ambiguity – many of their installations have been seen in displays and galleries across Victoria.

The girls have both been recognised for their creative work; with Amanda receiving the Melbourne International Airport-‘Take Off Art Award’ in 2009, and in 2010 Haley was one of the undergraduate winners of the Siemens Fine Art Travelling Scholarship.

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With this wall so close to the finish, we’re excited to see this site come together, covered in shapes that gradually grow smaller towards the edge of the wall.

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No stranger to colour, our second artist Ness Flett is at home in front of big walls, big designs and big colour – with some of her Melbourne murals dating back to 2005 (and still un-tagged!)
The rear of Sydney Road’s SportsPower building is enjoying a refreshing lick of paint with her bold geometric design, easy to spot from the car park.

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Ness’s extensive exhibition history has taken her across the world to feature as a guest artist in Italian and Portuguese galleries – as well as being short listed and awarded for multiple Australia art prizes. Ness loves working local and is most at home working in her Northcote and Coburg studios.

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The ambitious winter project has seen a few days raining for our artists, however they all hope that the vibrant colours will bring a smile to the local traders.

Next door to the Sports Power location,  trader ‘Steve’ from Vinnie’s Fruits comments after a 2 hour journey to Coburg from his Shepperton home, and says:

“It’s given me something bright and exciting to look forward to when I get to work, I can’t wait to see what it looks like finished!”

Stay in touch, and share your photos of the project with the #ColoursOfCoburg hashtag, or watch the latest updates on the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DiscoverCoburg