A series of new artworks will brighten the walls of a drab Darlinghurst laneway early this year, as part of the City of Sydney’s innovative annual street art program, Streetware.
The City is calling for artists and creative teams from Sydney and beyond to submit proposals to cover a large wall space along Foley Street with up to five original artworks.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said extraordinary and often deeply significant works of art had been created for Sydney’s streets and public spaces through the Streetware program.
“Renowned Aboriginal artist Reko Rennie gave the iconic T2 building in Taylor Square a stunning makeover last year as part of the program,” the Lord Mayor said.
“His neon pink, black and blue design, Always was, always will be, has been such a hit among locals, commuters and visitors that we’re investigating ways to extend its life.
“Since its launch in 2010, Streetware has given more than 20 emerging and established artists a unique opportunity to make their mark on Sydney’s public spaces – and now we want to give Foley Street a new lease of life.
“This is an incredibly creative area, so we’re encouraging local artists, students at the nearby art schools and other creative people to submit their ideas.”
Foley Street runs parallel to Oxford Street, connecting the northern side of Taylor Square to Oxford Square.
The canvas available to artists for Streetware is the rear façade of 82-106 Oxford Street (the old Oxford Street Municipal Chambers), between Palmer and Crown streets.
Artists are encouraged to think of opportunities to incorporate the façade’s brickwork, roller doors, ducts, pipes, bars and grilles into artworks.
The artworks will be installed in March and will remain in place for up to two years. The program will build upon planned improvements to Foley Street between Crown and Burton streets, including new paving, lighting and street trees.
Submissions for the next stage of Streetware close at 11am on Friday, 18 January.
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