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River of Art: Narooma Mural begins to make an appearance

The awesome ocean themed mural by Tim (Phibs) de Hann on the Lighthouse Surgery wall is starting to take shape. This mural is one of 5 that are being created to celebrate River of Art 2020

Photos: Montague Art and Craft Society Inc Eurobodalla’s resilience and renewal in the wake of the tragic bushfires will be celebrated in permanent public art as part of this year’s River of Art Festival thanks to a $25,000 grant from Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Over the festival’s 9 days from 18 to 27 September, artists in five separate locations in Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma, will be painting large scale street art murals.

A collaborative project with the towns’ chambers of commerce as well as the Oyster Festival, each of the murals will reflect this year’s festival theme, resilience and renewal.

“This mural art event, which we’re calling REVIVE, will be an enduring symbol of the strength and vitality of our communities in recovering from the impact of the summer bushfires,” explained festival co-chair, Di Jay.

The funding comes courtesy of the Eurobodalla Disaster Relief Fund, established by the council in January 2020 to support the community’s recovery from the Black Summer bushfires. The murals – two in Batemans Bay, one in Moruya and two more in Narooma – will transform publicly accessible walls.

Above: Working with River of Art on REVIVE as the lead artist, curator and project manager is Tim (Phibs) de Hann who has had a long connection to Narooma through his saw milling family, the Mitchells. Tim has been a prominent figure in the Australian street art scene for 30 years and his work can be found throughout Australia and internationally.      

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