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Leading street artists transform Prahran walls into destination artworks

12 Dec 2016

Beginning 15 December 2016, Paint The Polytechnic will transform Melbourne Polytechnic’s Prahran Skills and Jobs Centre into a vibrant public art piece, with Australian artists doing an extraordinary mural on the exterior walls.

Produced and curated by Juddy Roller for Melbourne Polytechnic, with support from the City of Stonnington and Chapel Street Precinct, Paint the Polytechnic will deepen Melbourne Polytechnic's cultural legacy of public art.

“Melbourne Polytechnic has a rich history of contribution to Australia’s cultural identity via its Prahran Technical School heritage, including Rowena Clark, Elizabeth Gower, Pam Hallandal and Carol Jerrems," says Tim Nikolsky, lecturer at Melbourne Polytechnic, which offers a range of courses in the creative arts.

The Skills and Jobs Centre, on Barry Street, Prahran, will come alive on Saturday 17 December with a street party featuring the Fox FM Street Team, activities and giveaways, and live painting by Makatron and Cam Scale. David Martin, Melbourne Polytechnic's Head of Transformation and the Director of the Centre for Applied Innovation, will be in-store speaking about innovation and art.

“The uniqueness of Chapel Street is again being reflected in Melbourne Polytechnic’s new mural, which will only add to the street’s international standing as an exciting destination." says John Lotton, President of the Chapel Street Precinct Association.

 “It’s great to see our educational institutes taking such a forward thinking approach to the visual regeneration of their facilities, says Shaun Hossack, curator at Juddy Roller. “Street art is quickly becoming the fastest growing art movement in Australia and by supporting works of this scale, Melbourne Polytechnic is at the forefront of the movement, helping to increase the visibility and appreciation of an art form that has been long been hidden within the city’s hidden laneways. 

Photo: Artist Adnate in action.   Photo credit: P1xels


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Melbourne Polytechnic operates across six campuses and five specialist training centres throughout Melbourne. The institute delivers high quality vocational and higher education in industry-standard facilities.