26 September 2023

City draws on art to reignite Adelaide

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The City of Adelaide has attracted local and emerging artists to brighten up city streets by transforming vacant shopfronts as part of its Vacant Tenancy Revitalisation Program.

Lord Mayor of the City of Adelaide, Sandy Verschoor said the Program was working with property owners and the artists to transform the shopfronts to attract prospective tenants, activate and improve their aesthetic appeal and revitalise surrounding areas as part of Reignite Adelaide.

“Local emerging and established artists are being engaged as a priority,” Ms Verschoor said.

She said the program was another way for Council to support the city and North Adelaide as the community continued to recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

“We’re working closely with local artist groups, precinct associations and commercial real estate agents to turn vacant shopfronts into temporary creative spaces,” she said.

“This program makes a genuine difference to the look and feel of our streets and we’re already seeing some great examples of that and there’s more to come.

“It’s a unique art exhibition opportunity that utilises vacant frontages and improves their aesthetic appeal to attract prospective tenants, which is an important part of our recovery.”

Ms Verschoor said the longevity of the shopfront displays were expected to vary and would use either vinyl artworks or behind window art installation/displays.

She said Tessa Marie Art kicked off the vacancy transformations at 133 Twin Street, with additional artwork vinyls now installed at 146 Rundle Mall by Lucinda Penn and 75-79 King William Street by creative agency BANTA.

Ms Verschoor said artist Barry Magazinovic was creating a sculptural lighting installation to transform the front window and foyer of Grainger Studios at 91 Hindley Street.

Further information on the Program can be accessed at this PS News link.

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