Artists needed for Creative Corrimal Arts Festival

Paul Boultwood, Ken Finlayson and Keira MP Ryan Park are encouraging artists to join the first Creative Corrimal Arts Festival before March 27. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
Paul Boultwood, Ken Finlayson and Keira MP Ryan Park are encouraging artists to join the first Creative Corrimal Arts Festival before March 27. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

WOLLONGONG ADVERTISER

Wollongong City Council has yet to confirm it but long-awaited love could be soon heading Corrimal's way.

The neglected northern suburb has long called for more council funding and the whispers are getting louder that a Wonderwalls street art project, similar to the one in Wollongong, could be on the cards for Corrimal as early as next month. The project could even kick off on the same day as the Creative Corrimal Arts Festival.

The inaugural festival is on Saturday, April 18. It is being organised by community volunteers and the Corrimal Revitalisation Action Group (CRAG), which has been lobbying the council to allocate part of its 2015-16 budget to fix up paths, shop fronts and Memorial Park in the Corrimal CBD.

Corrimal Chamber of Commerce president and CRAG member Paul Boultwood told the Advertiser his main concern was ensuring the festival was a raging success.

He said momentum was building on the back of support from Bendigo Bank but organisers were still seeking artists and musicians to come on board.

The purpose of the festival was to highlight artwork while contributing to the community of Corrimal.

"We have a lot of talent in the Illawarra and we are keen to showcase it," he said.

Artists are encouraged to create sculptures or paintings reflecting the theme of environment.

"Environment can be interpreted in numerous ways," festival project lead Gayle Russell said.

"And the miniature sculpture really excites me, as in this category we invite artists to submit a sculpture that captures something of the essence of Corrimal CBD ... one or two pieces may end up as commissioned work, thus becoming permanent features for the area."

Artist entry forms must be sent by March 27.

Information, entry forms: www.corrimalchamber.com.au, 0458 241 459 or 0428 599 236