Three young local artists – Kiri Godfrey, Helena Maher and Jessica Smidt – are giving the wall in the Grafton Regional Gallery car park a make-over.
The new installation aims to raise awareness about mental health issues and will borrow its theme from the powerful yet effective question “Are You Okay?” The artists have explored the theme individually then collaborated to put it all together on the big wall.
Marty Wells, a member of the Clarence Valley Cultural Committee, is overseeing the makeover of the wall which was first painted in 2013 then again in 2014 by young Grafton artist Kade Vadja. Residents of the Clarence Valley are invited to visit the gallery and view the mural in the car park.
The Grafton Regional Gallery is aiming to have the wall painted by young artists every six months. The car park wall is part of the gallery’s exhibition program so the gallery will make a public call out to young artists in early 2016 for the two make-overs in that year. The wall project gives opportunities for young artists to develop their practise and showcase their art and be given access to mentoring by artists of the Clarence Valley.