Frankston has been named as one of the best public art destinations in the nation after being selected as a finalist in the 2019 Australian Street Art Awards.
Frankston City’s Inner City Street Art Trail has been shortlisted in the ‘Best Street Art Trail” category, with the winners to be announced at an Awards ceremony on 6 November 2019.
The trail was created by Frankston City Council to leverage more than 20 murals throughout the city centre’s streets and laneways that can be explored as a self-guided experience or as part of a guided tour.
The artwork has been installed as part of the Big Picture Fest three-day festival as well as an ongoing program of artwork which is now being supplemented by individual businesses who are installing their own artwork.
The street art complements the city’s substantial outdoor sculpture portfolio and cements Frankston as an arts and culture hub.
Frankston City Mayor Michael O’Reilly said that being a finalist shows just how amazing Frankston’s world-class street art is, right here in our own city.
“Renowned international, national and local artists have created timeless pieces of art that not only attract visitors throughout our renowned Big Picture Festival, but also for years to come,” said the Mayor.
“Frankston has fast become a must-see destination for free public art with loads of sculptures and a growing collection of cutting edge street art murals — which in my opinion — rival that of any city.”
Australian Street Art Awards Director, Liz Rivers said, “The Awards educate travellers about the magnificent array of publicly-accessible art that can be found in every corner of the country, while showcasing destinations like Frankston that are using publicly-accessible art to transform their streets and landscapes.
“Australia has a long history of creating sculptures, monuments and other art that is captivating to visitors. However, there’s never been a way of rewarding and supporting places that created these art-related experiences for visitors. The Australian Street Art Awards remedies that shortcoming,” she said.
Judging focussed on the way the artwork has been used to attract visitors and bring the local community together. In the case of this trail, the judges said that has been achieved in a well-conceived way: “We love that guided tours have become a permanent visitor offering that are changing how residents and visitors alike see and experience the city centre,” the judges said.
To find out more about Frankston’s Street Art Walking Tours and how to book, go to visitfrankston.com/street-art-walking-tours