Colour Tumby ready for 2018 art projects

WALL: Jasmin White with Pippa, Nicci Southern and Archer Trezise at one of the walls on the old Tumby Bay Library, which is a possible site for the street art festival.
WALL: Jasmin White with Pippa, Nicci Southern and Archer Trezise at one of the walls on the old Tumby Bay Library, which is a possible site for the street art festival.

Tumby Bay will see the start of its silo mural project and its first Street Art Festival in 2018 as the town works toward becoming the art capital of Eyre Peninsula.

Colour Tumby has announced the silo project will start in mid March after it was successful in gaining a Fund My Neighbourhood grant and approval from Viterra.

Argentinian artist Martin Ron has been selected as the artist for the project.

Tumby Bay Progress Association and silo committee member Dion Lebrun said Mr Ron was highly recommended by Juddy Roller Studios, who was managing the project.

Juddy Roller director Shaun Hossack said Mr Ron was a well-respected artist.

“Martin Ron is a really interesting artist, he paints a lot across South America and his work really connects with people,” he said.

Mr Lebrun said it was amazing to see how fast everything on the project came together, especially since it had been less than 12 months since the Colour Tumby group was created.

Colour Tumby is also planning to hold the first street art festival in Tumby Bay in late April.

The yet-to-be-named event aims to bring well-known street artists to Tumby Bay to create art on walls across the town, as well as involve public participation.

Juddy Roller will also be involved in this event and artists already lined up are Smug, Sirum, George Rose, Dvate, Adnate and Kit Bennett.

Local feature artist James Pedler will also be involved.

Mr Hossack said Juddy Roller was involved with the Wall to Wall Festival in Benalla, Victoria and it was exciting to be involved in starting something similar in Tumby Bay.

“We think it’s going to be amazing because the different geographical location allows the artists a different perspective on the art they create,” he said.

Colour Tumby is aiming to make it an annual event and possibly tie it in with the SALT Festival.

Street Art Committee member Paul Stoddard said there was the potential for Tumby Bay to become the art capital of Eyre Peninsula.

“It will be at a smaller scale than Benalla but has the potential to bring people from great distances,” Mr Stoddard said.

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