Victoria University will unveil a public art installation by well-known Melbourne artist ‘Baby Guerrilla’ on Tuesday 4 March at the University’s Footscray Park campus.
The powerful mural celebrates the exciting developments in art and education taking place in Footscray and Melbourne’s west.
This project highlights the importance of education for everyone and advances the Footscray University Town project. As one of Australia’s most culturally diverse universities, the work is a celebration of the many cultures and countries that make up Victoria University’s multicultural community.
This also demonstrates in the commitment that Victoria University and Maribyrnong City Council have in leading the Footscray University Town project that is designed to nurture, promote, and integrate the renaissance in art, education, sport and innovation now taking place in this area.
The artwork is somewhat ephemeral – it is not designed to be there forever, but it is hoped that it will bring the community much inspiration over the next few years. This wonderful piece of public art will adorn the side of the University’s Engineering building, and transform an ordinary brick building into a shared community asset that is both inspiring and inspired.
The project was initiated through ‘Offset’, a creative arts journal produced and published by a talented team of third-year Victoria University arts students and led by creative writing lecturer, John Weldon. For more than a decade, ‘Offset’ has been a showcase for the finest in fiction, poetry, photography and other work of local writers and artists, as well as contributors from around the world.
Victoria University is committed to raising the profile of creative arts in the west, and showcasing the work of talented artists, particularly local artists such as ‘Baby Guerrilla’.
Long gone is the stereotype of Melbourne’s west as a working-class area devoid of any real culture. Footscray has a new reputation as a creative hotspot with a growing population of professional artists, fantastic local arts festivals, and committed arts organisations with innovative venues and a busy calendar of events.
Where: Victoria University, Footscray Park campus
Corner Ballarat Road and Hoadley Court
Outside Building D
When: Tuesday 4 March, 2014
Like many passionate street artists, “Baby Guerrilla’ believes that art should be set free from the constraints of a gallery and also the personal identity of the artist. She asks that she is only referred to by her artist name and that any photos of her do not show her face.
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