Blown away by the designs and interest shown in the submissions for the Grafton Regional Gallery’s mural wall this year, the gallery has decided that none of the valley’s talent should go unseen. The large-scale mural wall, located in the gallery carpark, has been an ongoing gallery project. It is a dedicated space for street art and artists to develop their work and paint as part of the pro-graffiti art movement while enhancing the space visually. The gallery received three suitable applications during the submission period for the project. Gallery director, Jude McBean, said all were relevant to the proposed topic and guidelines and the selection panel chose to have all three submissions. “We decided rather than have any of the designs go to waste we would instead use all the projects, with each mural being on display for a period of six months at a time,” she said. “This is exciting for us because the project aims to provide opportunities for young people to develop and showcase their practice to the community in a professional context. “By giving these three groups the opportunity the more young people can display their talent.” Collaborating with Clarence Valley-based artist, Pamela Denise, on the first graffiti-style mural are youth artists from the Kids and the Power of Work (KAPOW). The KAPOW program is run by Key Employment Ltd and is a transitional program between education and employment for young people disengaged or struggling with school. One of the highlights of the course is the creative arts component, Streetart Workshop. The project is expected to begin later next week with design collaboration between leading artist and the youth artists getting underway before the installation on April 28 and 29.