Ipswich Central coloured in native landscapes for street art competition

11 April 2023

Eleven unique and colourful designs by local artists depicting Ipswich’s native flora and fauna have refreshed large Energex boxes in Ipswich Central as part of council’s Green Walkable Streets Artwork Competition.

Ipswich Central Redevelopment Committee Chairperson and Division 3 Councillor Marnie Doyle said the Green Walkable Streets Artwork project received 57 applications from artists across the city.

“From depicting a native title totem of the green tree frog to beautiful Indigenous designs and a laughing kookaburra, 11 designs will add colour and stories to Ipswich Central,” Cr Doyle said.

“I am pleased this council initiative has helped foster collaboration in our artistic community and that we can now exhibit these special works that showcase Ipswich’s diverse native animal and plant species.

“Thank you to every artist who shared their skill, creativity and passion in their applications which made the selection panel’s task to decide the winning designs an inspiring but wonderfully difficult process.

“This urban art project builds further on recent placemaking activities to activate Ipswich Central public spaces as welcoming and safe pedestrian-focused streets that encourage more creativity, community spirit and vitality into the heart of our city.”

Division 3 Councillor Andrew Fechner said the selected works included Indigenous designs and incorporated various artistic styles including abstract, digital art and illustrations.

“It is fantastic to see the high-quality ‘green street art’ designs that incorporate or reimagine our city’s environment,” Cr Fechner said.

“Designs were reviewed by a panel of council staff and an external representative who judged the applicant’s design, written explanation of the work and elements that linked the design to the ‘green theme’.

“The 11 selected artists will receive a $250 gift card from a $2,750 prize pool with their designs to be displayed as vinyl wraps on Energex assets across Ipswich Central.

“The competition was open to residents and amateur and experienced artists of all ages who live, work or study in the Ipswich local government area either as a single artist or as a collaborative group effort.”

For more information about the Green Walkable Streets Artwork Project visit Shape Your Ipswich.