Hats off to this tough little town out west. Gulargambone is fast becoming a cultural hot spot, thanks to innovative locals transforming their town with quirky and colourful art projects.
Window Way 2828 is a main street beautification project, tackling the run-down, empty shops on Bourbah street, to make them attractive, purposeful and drive traffic into the CBD. The project itself involves renovating the facades of a strip of shopfronts, and putting in window installations created by five local artists.
A collaborative ‘Paint by Numbers’ activity was completed recently with the students of Gulargambone Central School, to transform another piece of Bourbah Street. Illustrator, Shannon Keane, of Zest Events International joined the team for a day, creating a design on a 22 metre corrugated iron fence while the kids brought it to life. They created a quirky and colourful collection of animals, representing the rural community.
Project Manager Eliza Walters said, “these projects bring a great vibe to town, providing a talking point and help attract tourists. Art in all its forms can be a very successful promotional tool.”
To celebrate the launch of WIndow Way 2828, a street party will be held on Saturday 13th July. Come along and enjoy markets, workshops, live painting with Sam Brooks, food vans, live music and lots more!
This project is presented by the Gulargambone Community Enterprises Co-Operative and funded by the Coonamble Shire, the Drought Assistance Program an initiative of the Federal Government, Festivals Australia, as well as Gular’s Flying Ahead organisation.