Big Picture Fest adds street art edge to Frankston City

Wednesday 24 February 2021

Move over Melbourne – Frankston’s street art is getting bigger and better.

Leading Australian street artists will transform Frankston city centre’s skyline at the fourth annual Big Picture Fest.

The festival – proudly funded by Frankston City Council – features renowned street artists creating vibrant and edgy artworks on buildings and in laneways across Frankston CBD from 19 – 21 March.

North-East Ward Cr Suzette Tayler said she was excitedly looking forward to this year’s festival and what the artists would create on walls across Frankston’s CBD.

“This is world-class street art in Frankston that stands the test of time. Previous artworks including the piece created by Glasgow’s Smug have become sensations, shared on social media platforms across the globe.

“Frankston has become a must see destination for public art with an impressive, eclectic mix of eye-catching sculptures and contemporary street art,” Cr Tayler said.

Artists participating in this year’s festival include Dave Court, GhostPatrol, Brett Piva, CTO, Melanie Caple, Jason Parker, Julian Cla, Wina Jie and Maxine Gigliotti.

Cr Tayler added: “We can’t wait to see what these talented creatives produce – artworks painted for the previous three Big Picture Fests have drawn huge attention locally, nationally and internationally and there’s no doubt this year’s street artists will produce iconic pieces.” 

Monterey Secondary College and Frankston High School students are participating in the Big Picture Fest via support from the State Government‘s Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions.

State Member for Frankston, Paul Edbrooke, said: “The Big Picture Fest gets bigger and better each year. This year we are focusing on young talent from our local schools and I can’t wait to see what they produce.

“The street art festival will transform spaces throughout Frankston creating vibrant spaces for everyone to enjoy,” Mr Edbrooke said.

Street artist David Booth, aka GhostPatrol, will work with Monterey Secondary College students on their mural project.

“The students are driving the project. My role is to work with them to help make their vision and voice come together. I’m aiming for the young people I’m working with to drive the themes of the work. Murals are a great chance for people to have a voice and paint what is important to them,” Mr Booth said.

Fellow street artist Melanie Caple is excitedly looking forward to participating in this year’s festival.

“I am working with Frankston High School students to develop a large mural. We are aiming for a high quality outcome that not only strengthens and extends the students’ artistic abilities, but also engages the school community and the Frankston community at large,” Ms Caple said.

“I am encouraging the students to think about what the wider Frankston landscape means to them. We’re going to introduce pastel coastal colours, reference the natural landscape, and keep it bold.”

Ms Caple added: “Art has the power to inspire and engage and spark dialogue. I also want it to be a marker for the students who paint it, something that instils pride and connection to place.”

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