news, local-news, Walk the Walls, Cronulla, Tim 'Phibbs', November 2019, Caringbah
Thirty-five street artists will join in transforming back streets and lane ways of Cronulla CBD in Walk the Walls ll in November. Many of the 40 walls in Surf Lane, Croydon Lane, Cronulla Street, Purley Place and next to the rail corridor are vandalised with graffiti. The three-day event, starting on Friday, November 8, is expected to attract many visitors from outside the shire, as well as residents. Artists will include internationally renowned Tim "Phibs", who has curated the works, with the theme of Sustainable Coastal Cronulla Other artists will include Ox King, Minna Leunig, Mulga, Alex Le Hours, Shannon Crees, Thomas Jackson, Elliott "Numskull" Routledge. The festival, which repeats the highly successful 2018 Caringbah project, has been jointly funded by Sutherland Shire Council and the state government through a $75,000 crime prevention grant. Mayor Carmelo Pesce said more than 5000 people were expected to walk the art trail. Artistic styles on display will include street art, stencils, posters, sculptural works, pattern making, figurative, portraiture, abstract, illustrative and urban art. The festival will coincide with Australian Music week, with a free community concert in Dunningham Park and music in various venues across Cronulla. NSW Attorney-General and Cronulla MP Mark Speakman said "thoughtless vandalism will be replaced by colourful artistic murals that the whole community can enjoy." A council spokeswoman said there had been close liaison with local businesses, community organisations, senior groups and young people in planning the event, which would include live music and food stalls. An interactive map and event program will be released before the event.