Tumby Bay council okays walls for festival

The planned Tumby Bay street art festival has its canvasses in place with Tumby Bay District Council providing approval for three of its walls to be used.

The festival, a Colour Tumby initiative, will bring internationally known street artists to Tumby Bay to create art on walls across the town.

At its meeting this week the council agreed to support the use of walls on three of its properties.

These walls are the eastern side of the low wall adjacent to the foreshore, the eastern side of the old archive building and the western side of the council toilet block accessed from Mortlock Street.

Street Art Committee member Paul Stoddard said it was fantastic news as the council walls were the last ones needed.

With less than 100 days left until the festival Mr Stoddard said there was still more to do.

“There’s been a huge amount of hard work and we’ve got two to three months of extremely hard work to prepare for it,” he said.

Mayor Sam Telfer said after exposure to this art in the first year it could open up further walls in future events.

“The (Colour Tumby) group is being wise with the selection of these walls because I think after the first year of installations people will get wise of what the direction of the art is,” he said.

Councillor Hannah Allen-Jordan, who is also involved with Colour Tumby, said the festival had great potential for Tumby Bay.

“It’s awesome, I’m just so excited of the possibility of a massive tourist influx and an economic boost for the local businesses,” she said.

The walls will join three other privately owned walls as well as the Tumby Bay Recreation Centre.

Mr Stoddard said one of the council owned walls, the foreshore low wall, would involve some community participation.

“The low wall is going to be a paint-by-numbers wall with the opportunity of community participation,” he said.

“An international artist lays it out and anyone can come and paint it.”