By Muhammad Nabil

Visit Victoria (VV) and Publika Shopping Gallery have collaborated to launch a Street Art competition for aspiring street artists, amateur to professional. Themed ‘Make Your Mark in Melbourne’, all Malaysian street artists aged 21 and above are invited to compete for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to experience cultural immersion in Melbourne.

The winner gets to collaborate with famed studio, Juddy Roller Studios, in the artistic district of Fitzroy, with it’s founder Shaun Hossack and also get an opportunity to contribute an artwork to regional Victoria’s Wall to Wall Festival Benalla 2018, a one of a kind street art festival in Australia! Melbourne has long been known as the creative capital of Australia with a variety of eclectic laneways, hidden bars, cafes, artist run art galleries and designer boutiques.

The Wall to Wall Festival Benalla is Victoria’s first regional street art festival, and runs annually in March. A myriad of artists have been involved in the Benalla since its inception, including names such as Rone, Adnate Ears, Shawn Lu, and Slicer to name a few.

Curious street artists who would like to try out in the contest and win an experience of a lifetime in Melbourne are invited to submit their original artwork in digital format comprising of one of the following Melbourne related themes: food and drink; architecture; arts and culture; events and nature. Submissions are to be sent by Friday 7 April 2017 (5pm) to www.makeyourmarkinmelbourne.com with a description of your artwork in less than 50 words.

The ten shortlisted finalists will be invited to showcase their talents by creating their respective work live for the public in Publika. Not only do the visitors get to see their works of art, they also get to choose and vote for their favourite pieces. However, the final decision for the ultimate winner will be made by a Visit Victoria-appointed panel of judges, following a detailed review of the display works.

“The exchange is an opportunity to further Melbourne’s arts credentials to our important Malaysian audiences and potential travellers, and of course for Melbourne to showcase its home-grown talent and the burgeoning street art movement,” said Celia Ho, Regional Manager, Visit Victoria.

For more details and terms and conditions of the competition, visit www.makeyourmarkinmelbourne.com

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