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Top Pub to Become Home to Stunning New Mural

17 Dec 2010

Fitzroy now has a new major piece of original street art.

Students from NMIT's (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) Bachelor of Illustration degree have designed and illustrated a huge mural that will adorn the rear wall of Fitzroy's Pumphouse Hotel.

The idea for the mural was floated by Pumphouse owner, Tony Vujic, as a possible student project.

“The inspiration for the project came from a discussion I was having with a friend about graffiti in the area,” says Tony. “I knew that some local artists had been commissioned to create other works in our area to help discourage graffiti and I thought I would offer the opportunity to some students. NMIT also thought it was a great idea so things just rolled on from there.”

Tony then met with the Head of NMIT's Bachelor of Illustration program, Dr Colleen Morris during August to further discuss the concept.

“I thought it would be an excellent opportunity for our first year Degree students to engage in an actual large scale commission,” said Dr Morris. “The next step was for Tony to visit our Fairfield campus studios where he met the students and staff to talk about ideas for the mural.”

The project saw the NMIT students and staff take the idea from concept to delivery. In September the students began working on ideas and drawings, researching imagery, as well as designing and illustrating the panels. The result is striking mural with 13 large panels (each 2.4m high x 1.6m wide) featuring people, objects and themes from French cafe culture and music hall. The dominant tones in the work range from red and pink to blues, black and white.

Approximately 17 NMIT illustration students were involved during different stages of the project. The students were ably supported with aesthetic and technical input, skill and assistance from Dr Colleen Morris, colleagues from the NMIT Bachelor of Illustration academic team, technical and administrative staff. The project was managed by NMIT lecturer, Stephen Pascoe, assisted by staff members, Kim Evans and Alan Nguyen.

“The project required students to collaborate, work as a team and manage their time in order to meet the project deadline,” said Dr Morris. “We are hoping this will become a recurring project with NMIT's Bachelor of Illustration students updating the mural on an annual basis.”

The mural will be installed on an exterior wall at the rear of the Pumphouse Hotel that runs along Bach Lane (off King William Street) and will be officially launched on Tuesday evening.

For more information and images regarding the Pumphouse Laneway mural project go to .

What: launch of NMIT Bachelor of Illustration laneway mural at the Pumphouse
Where: The Pumphouse Hotel, 128 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy.
When: 7pm, Tuesday 21 December 2010.


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