The second Walk the Walls Festival launched in Cronulla CBD on the 8-10 November 2019, featuring 40 walls by 40 artists with a coastal theme. Festival Curator Tim de Haan (Phibs) and Artist Coordinator Jacinta Fintan (The Wall Station) teamed up for a second year running to deliver the Festival which was jointly funded by Sutherland Shire Council and the Department of Justice NSW.
The artist line up, mural locations, risk management and traffic management were finalised with a collaborative approach, working closely with the Crime Prevention Office at Sutherland Shire Council.
One of the aims of the Festival was to build local capacity with 25% of the final line up consisting of local artists. Walk The Walls Festival also engaged local seniors and youth in mural painting workshops. Local suppliers got behind the event with their support providing paint, equipment and services. The Sutherland Shire Libraries hosted a pop-up library which included an ‘AI’ interactive activity, plus family-friendly activations ran in Monro Park and a free community concert in Dunningham Park.
Key aims of the festival included deterring and reducing vandalism, activating and beautifying public spaces, and boosting the local economy.