Broadford now home to vibrant street art
Some of Mitchell Shire’s most talented young people have revealed their stunning mural dedicated to Broadford on the side of the Corner-Store, facing Powlett Street.
The Broadford-themed mural was created through both sun shine and pouring rain as part of the Streetz Project, in conjunction with Mitchell Shire Council’s Youth Services, Blender Studios, Broadford Alternative School and the Department of Justice Graffiti Prevention Grant.
The project was part of an early intervention project which positively engaged resident artists to avoid illegal graffiti practices.
Mitchell Shire Mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the mural was a sight to be seen and she hoped people would visit from across the municipality.
“The young artists who worked on this project have done a fantastic job and well done to them. They have captured Broadford’s long, rich history on the wall as well as proudly displaying their immense talent,” she said.
“Street art is an iconic feature in Victoria and Broadford can now proudly call this wall home to some brilliant art. This is all part of Mitchell Shire’s commitment to fostering positive relationships between schools and students to unlock their potential.”
Blender Studios spokesperson Doyle said working in regional areas was rewarding.
“Getting to paint this community wall with students from Broadford Alternative School has been great as not only have the students been able to work alongside, and learn from, well-known street artists, but they have also had the chance to engage with their community and public space by contributing a positive mural that the town will enjoy for many years to come.”
Broadford Cornerstore’s Aihong Lin said it was great to have the mural painted onto her shop wall.
“The main thing is we wanted to support our community and help establish the Streetz Project. It is very important to help the artists and the students to have fun with their work,” she said.
As part of the project, the students from BALTS spoke with Victoria Police and YouthLaw about the legalities behind street art.
Blender Studios artists were also in class to help come up with the mural idea and work alongside all the students taking part in the project.
The Streetz Project, which launched on October 25 and wrapped up on Friday 23 November, held educational workshops on street art conducted by Victoria Police and YouthLaw. These workshops included discussions around the legalities of street art while developing and painting the design which now brightens the Broadford CornerStore.
The $32,000 project was funded with the help of the Victorian Government’s Community Crime Prevention program and in-kind business donations.