River of Art Painting Up Batemans Bay

The corner of North and Perry streets in Bateman’s Bay is about to undergo a colour transformation thanks to REVIVE, the new mural art event in this year’s River of Art Festival.

Local Moruya street artist and illustrator, Happy Decay (Bjarni Wark) will be painting one of the two Bay REVIVE murals which will be a major feature of this year’s River of Art, starting on Friday. 

Fellow artist, Krimsone, will be close by painting the Bay’s other REVIVE mural in the Eastern Laneway of Promenade Plaza in Orient St.

Both Krimsone and Happy Decay will be painting their murals over the course of the festival from Friday 18 September through to Sunday 27 September.

The two murals are part of a series of five murals which will be painted in Bateman’s Bay, Moruya and Narooma thanks to a $25,000 grant provided by the Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund, established by the council in January 2020 to support the community’s recovery from the Black Summer Bushfires.

Other artists involved in REVIVE include Tim (Phibs) de Hann, the lead artist, curator and project manager and local indigenous artist Cheryl Overton (Davison) who are engaged in the Narooma murals as well as Claire Foxton who is painting the Moruya mural.

REVIVE is a collaborative project with the towns’ business chambers as well as the Oyster Festival, with each of the murals reflecting this year’s festival theme, resilience and renewal.

Despite the COVID restrictions, this year’s festival will still feature the River of Art Prize which will be announced on Friday as well as the art trail of Open Studios, workshops and exhibitions in addition to the new REVIVE event.

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