Tumby Bay prepped for street art festival

Tumby Bay is getting ready to see more local buildings adorned with art during the first Colour Tumby Street Art Festival.

The festival will see eight artists, including some with international acclaim, transform eight walls across town into pieces of art, beginning Friday and finishing Sunday.

Artists will include Dvate, who uses his art to promote rare and endangered species, Andre Bourke who displays his love for native flora and fauna and Adnate who is known for his realistic looking works.

Cummins based artist James Pedler will join these artists and said he was “pumped and nervous” to be painting alongside some renowned street artists.

“I’ve got a general concept that I will have to fine tune after talking to the artists to see what they’re going to do,” he said.

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“It’s amazing that a small community like Tumby Bay has done it, this (Colour Tumby) committee has worked so hard to raise money and organise everything.

“It’s going to benefit the whole entire area, the number of tourists it could draw, not only to Tumby but Eyre Peninsula as a whole, is fantastic.”

A lot has been planned for the weekend, including the Kids Art Arena at the Lions Park which is open from 10am to 3pm.

At the centre will be ‘The Hub’ on Mortlock Street, where several events will happen including the official opening on Friday at 6pm, including live music from Paul Backman.

Other activities will include the Tumby Bay Youth Advisory Council running ‘Chalk the Walk’ from 10am Saturday, a tapas session at The Hub from 5pm Saturday featuring The Urban Sulky and Fab Fare among others, and a Good Vibe breakfast from 10am Sunday.

Free mural tours will leave the Hub at 11am and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday, and artist Kitt Bennett will provide a ‘paint-by-numbers’ mural for public involvement near the Ritz Cafe.

Colour Tumby member Paul Stoddard said as the festival got closer, the more excitement there was.

“We put so much work into it...to think we’re going to see the culmination of that is very exciting,” he said.

“We know people are coming from interstate for the festival this weekend.”

Visit the Colour Tumby Street Art Festival Facebook page for more information.