Artwork by Jumpy
"I Have a Dream" mural
Andrew Aiken and Juilee Pryor
King Street, Newtown
Public art in Marrickville forms a distinctive collection of temporary and permanent public artworks in places that illuminate, celebrate and contribute to Marrickville's unique culture.
Council's Public Art Strategy People, Place + Art, highlights Marrickville's eclectic mix of urban spaces, both natural and the built environment. The strategy also acknowledges the value of each neighbourhood's particular social character, with its specific social history, local identity, image and spirit.
The Newtown ArtSeat delivers a program of innovative contemporary art for visitors and the local community. As a temporary exhibition space, Newtown Art Seat provides artists with the opportunity to produce experimental and non-commercial outcomes.
The Marrickville area is renowned for its street art — particularly in Newtown, Enmore and St Peters.
The Martin Luther King "I Have a Dream" mural on King Street, Newtown is one of the most famous works of street art in Australia, painted by Andrew Aiken and Juilee Pryor in 1991.
Perfect Match is a street art initiative where Council plays cupid between local property owners and street artists, resulting in new public art murals that build on our dynamic street culture.
The annual Perfect Match weekend tours and celebrations offer the chance to check out installations in progress and join a walking, bus, cycle or guided photography tour.
During 2013 Art Month Sydney, Marrickville Council held a street art forum. The forum, Coming in from the cold and into the fold, looked at Council’s changing role in regard to street art, as well as future directions and policies Council could adopt in dealing with street art.
The panellists were:
The forum was moderated by Lauren Murada, arts reporter at the Inner West Courier.
Live to Create workshops
The original Winged Victory statue
Gift Given by Bronwyn Bancroft
Live to Create was initiated to engage and empower young people from the Marrickville area to build knowledge and confidence to create art in public place. By providing hands-on opportunities, Live to Create illustrates Councils commitment to develop a new generation of residents working in public space.
Live to Create is funded by the Australian Government and forms part of Marrickville Council’s Anti Graffiti program.
The original Winged Victory, which stood in front of Marrickville Town Hall, was commissioned by Council and created by Marrickville sculptor Gilbert Doble in 1919 as a World War I memorial.
In 2008 concerns were raised over the general condition of the Winged Victory after significant cracks were noticed in the sculpture. The sculpture was removed to minimise public risk. Council resolved that the original Winged Victory statue be decommissioned and that an artist be engaged to create and install a new bronze statue.
After seeking expressions of interest, Council appointed Meridian – a Melbourne-based fine art foundry – to manufacture the new Winged Victory sculpture to a design by artist Peter Corlett and Darien Pullen.
In the new interpretation, the sword was lowered in a gesture of peace.
The new Winged Victory was unveiled in April 2015 as part of Marrickville Remembers, Council's Gallipoli Centenary program.
The original Winged Victory is now a focal point of the new World War I Galleries at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.