Phibs Mural in Cardiff
In collaboration with Hunter Multicultural Communities, The Wall Station worked with street artist Tim Phibs to install a 7m long by 2m high mural for a private landowner at Main Road Cardiff as part of the Diversity Walls project. The project also involved an art workshop with youth from Northlakes Youth Service and young participants were invited to an afternoon session where Tim Phibs was painting.
With Two Key Stakeholders – the private landowner and Hunter Multicultural Communities – a Creative Brief was developed by The Wall Station, which was relatively complex due to the requirements of both stakeholders. The Artist successfully created a design that harmoniously married both stakeholders visions into a design that the artist was happy with.
Using the ‘Tree of knowledge’ as inspiration, create a mural that celebrates harmony, social cohesion and diversity.
N.B The property owner had a career with the Unions and his property is adjacent to the Australian Manufacturers Workers Union. The Tree of Knowledge is linked to Unions and the start of the Labour Party. The property owner also wanted bright colours with reds and oranges.
ABOUT DIVERSITY WALLS
Diversity Walls is a fully funded program run by Hunter Multicultural Communities and The Wall Station that delivers art workshops and mural painting opportunities with high school groups and organisations working with young people.
The program is designed to advocate harmony, resilience, tolerance and social harmony. A professional mural artist will host art workshops with young people focussing on mural painting skills and discussing the themes relating to ‘diversity’. Participants will be encouraged to share their stories of how they may have experienced or witnessed racism, conflict or threats and how they reacted or were affected.
A mural design will be prepared by the Artist which has been inspired by the themes raised in the art workshops. Participants will then be invited to a mural painting day at the mural site on a wall in their local community.
BENEFITS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
• Opportunity to discuss issues relating to multiculturalism in a safe environment
• Learning new skills – sketching, painting, marking up a mural, mural installation
• Building self-esteem through learning new skills
• Gaining vocational knowledge about the day to day life/ career of professional muralist
• Working together as a team
• The murals will work as powerful and ongoing advocates for harmony, resilience and social harmony.
• Public art has been proven to have a strong impact on the way communities use spaces, and the way they take ownership of, and relate to, public space. This will be particularly powerful given the themes within the murals.