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Watch this space: Queenstown Arts Centre manager Andie King and community arts coordinator Scott Kennedy showing some of the construction fencing that'll be occupied by a giant mural

By PHILIP CHANDLER

The main entrance to Queenstown’s CBD will be awash with artwork thanks to a mural competition.

An alliance funded by the local council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has  approached the Queenstown Arts Centre (QAC) to run ‘The Stanley Street Mural Project’.

The centre’s appealing for artists to submit designs for any of the three fences surrounding
the upper Ballarat St carpark, which the alliance is using to house construction materials and offices for the arterial road and town centre upgrade projects.

The mural space is about 65 metres long and 2.75m high.

The alliance is giving $5000 to the artist or artists chosen to paint each of the three murals
— or $10,000 if they’re chosen to paint two murals or $15,000 for all three.

It’s also providing the paint.

The competition’s open to artists from anywhere, and the subject matter’s whatever they want.

‘‘If it did fit with the local area, that would be even better,’’ QAC community arts coordinator Scott Kennedy says.

He’s thrilled they’re able to organise such a giant piece of public art to be effectively ‘‘the artistic entrance into Queenstown’’.

‘‘It’s been a difficult time for artists, so some thing like this could be a lifeline.’’

The temporary mural also has the potential, Kennedy says, ‘‘to whet Queenstown’s appetite for more public art in more public spaces’’.

Artists have till Friday to submit their entries — to scott@queenstownartscentre.co.nz — with the winners announced a week later.

It’s hoped the murals will be painted by Christmas.

scoop@scene.co.nz