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Mural to brighten Shoppingworld car park

Artist Kade Valja will paint a mural at Grafton Shoppingworld. Image: Contributed.
As part of the 2017 plunge Arts And Culture Festival, Grafton Shoppingworld and the Grafton Regional Gallery have partnered to bring a large-scale public mural to the underground car park in Shoppingworld featuring the work of local artist Kade Valja. Kade Valja will transform the concrete wall behind the Reject Shop with his distinctive bright street-art style painting. Visitors to Shoppingworld will recognise the colours of Grafton’s flowers in the mural, interpreted in an abstract style. Grafton Shoppingworld’s Kelle’ Murphy says she is thrilled to be part of bringing this art project to light. “We are so excited to liven up our car park with Kade’s vibrant artwork and we hope it gets people talking when they see his unique work,” she said. Grafton Regional Gallery director, Jude McBean, also expressed her excitement to be able to partner with Shoppingworld and create a public piece of art for the community to enjoy. “Having watched Kade’s practice grow and mature over the past few years, it’s a pleasure to be able to help in his development with the mural at Grafton Shoppingworld,” she said. “This space is used by hundreds of people each day, and to have art embedded in a place that people use so frequently really does bring joy and creativity for members of the public.” Kade will be painting his mural during the April school holidays, beginning on Tuesday, April 18. Members of the public are encouraged to stop by and see the mural develop and grow. This project is a partnership between Grafton Shoppingworld and the Grafton Regional Gallery, with the support of Arts NSW. Grafton Regional Gallery is a major cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council.