Colours of Hope: The Shire Drives the Inspiring Mural Project with Local Youth and Artist Gosia Taylor

Published on Wednesday, 21 February 2024 at 2:10:11 PM

The Shire of Carnarvon, in partnership with local artist Gosia Taylor, has unveiled a community-driven mural in the heart of David Brand Drive. This initiative, part of the summer school holiday program funded by the Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Local Government, Sport, and Cultural Industries, has added vibrant colour to the area, fostering pride and engagement among residents.

Over the summer, Gosia Taylor and Shire representatives collaborated with community members and youth in David Brand Drive. The mural, a symbol of collective storytelling, served as a canvas for local youth to contribute, becoming an integral part of the lively masterpiece.

Real Futures also played a crucial role in the project by cleaning up the area and contributing to the collaborative effort across various agencies. Families in David Brand Drive were captivated by the mural, sparking curiosity and a desire for involvement. Shire CEO, Andrea Selvey, highlighted the value of the project, saying, "This initiative transcends art; it is a communal narrative unfolding on our neighbourhood walls."

Addressing the misconception that graffiti equals crime, a community elder who features on the mural remarked, "This mural on David Brand Drive pays great attention to detail, making it a unique and exceptional form of art."

Gosia Taylor, the local artist, expressed the impact of the project, noting, "The youth of Carnarvon added their unique touch, transforming a graffiti-covered wall into a canvas of love for their town. Leading this creative collaboration has been an honour”.

CEO Andrea Selvey emphasised the project's role in addressing social issues, stating, "Art has the power to unite, heal, and inspire change. This initiative reflects our commitment to collaborating with the community, service providers, and agencies to address social challenges."

This project signals the beginning of a broader initiative, with recent funding secured from Rio Tinto and the Department of Justice, allowing the Shire to continue delivering transformative projects that continue to beautify our streets of Carnarvon.

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