Besa block before and after Mulga

Hannah Austin and Cameron Blackman think it’s pretty cool that a blank wall at Dubbo Aquatic Leisure Centre has been transformed by the new mural of bright colours and bold lines.

The Year 8 students at Dubbo College Delroy Campus were among 21 local students whose designs inspired the new community art installation and over two days helped paint the mural, encouraged and guided by Sydney-based artist Mulga.

Many of the students and teachers were already Mulga fans with Hannah and Cameron admitting to excited nervousness before meeting Mulga for the first time. “We didn’t want to stuff up,” Cameron said.

Hannah said: “Mulga is a really good and we were able to talk to him about how he became an artist.”

The two 13-year-olds enjoyed working on the mural with students from St John’s College and St Mary’s Wellington and would like to be part of more public art opportunities in future.

“The more art the happier things are in Dubbo,” Hannah said.

They also liked being part of the Dubbo Regional Council competition with enthusiastic students submitting designs that captured Mulga’s style and earned them the opportunity of working with the artist.

And these budding young Dubbo artists and their school have gained praise from across the community with messages of congratulations to the school on the work by students on the mural.

Cameron visited the pool again last weekend with his father who “really liked the mural and was glad I did it”. “I would be glad to do something like that again and hope there is the chance to do a mural somewhere else in Dubbo,” Cameron said.

St John’s Year 7 student Zayden Berger also shared in the enthusiasm of the Mulga mural project.

Zayden’s competition entry Cockyzee was inspired by Mulga with the “Cocky a representation of me. His hobbies include riding a unicycle, hockey, playing Ukulele and speech and drama.  He loves watching movies at Dubbo’s Westview Drive-in and nibbling the good ole meat pies from the Village Bakery. He’s been eyeing a diamond from Nangar Gems that he wants from Santa Claus. He dislikes mean annoying people who want to get him in trouble. Having recently moved from the coast, Cockyzee absolutely loves living in Dubvegas.”

“I was amazed by Mulga’s artistic talent as he made the mural come alive right in front of our eyes,” Zayden said. “He advised me to take things slow and steady and said it was all right to make mistakes when using different paints as long as it was not black.”

Zayden is already planning to expand his cockatoo theme by decorating “our backyard fence with a massive cockatoo … much to my Dad’s annoyance!”

The DALC mural project was part of Dubbo Regional Council’s ongoing renewal of community infrastructure.

IMAGES - 1 Cameron; 2 Mulga and Hannah; 3 Zayden and Mulga;

Mulga and Hannah - DALC muralPaint with Mulga Zayden portraitCameron - DALC mural

Last Edited: 07 Nov 2019

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