Artist Nick Fintan worked with students from Kurri Kurri High School’s ‘Big Picture program’ to install a mural on the Branxton Community Hall to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Greta Migrant Camp funded by Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC). The design was based on the iconic image of a young boy at the Greta Migrant Camp with a Kangaroo.
The Greta Migrant Camp was home to over 100,000 migrants during and after the 2nd world war. The building that the mural was painted on had originally been located at the Greta Migrant Camp in Greta and was of significant importance to people who had lived at the Camp. The Wall Station worked closely with Hunter Multicultural Communities, Cessnock Council, Greta Migrant Camp 70th Anniversary Committee, Branxton Community Hall and the artist Nick Fintan to create the design. The design went through three substantial redesigns in order to ensure all stakeholders were satisfied.
Nick Fintan held a workshop at Kurri Kurri High School to teach students about the mural installation process and about the Greta Migrant Camp. The students then went on an excursion to the local library to learn more about the Camp as there was a photographic exhibition at the library. Students were fascinated to learn that there was a ‘nissan hut’ (shown in the mural) that had been relocated from the Greta Migrant Camp to a street near their school.
Hunter Multicultural Communities (HMC) is a non-profit public benevolent organisation serving established, new, emerging and established multicultural communities in the Hunter Region. The Wall Station worked with HMC to obtain a federal grant through the Fostering Integration initiative of the Home affairs Department. The grant funded seven murals for a ‘Diversity Walls’ program which aimed to build harmony, resilience, tolerance and local capacity through street art and mural installations and associated youth workshops.