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ART TO THE STREETS OF CHAPEL STREET PRECINCT
IF PEOPLE CAN’T GO TO THE GALLERY THE GALLERY WILL COME TO THEM

21 SEPTEMBER 2021: Artists and hospitality workers have perhaps been the hardest hit by the continuing lockdowns in Melbourne, but Australia’s largest retail, hospitality and entertainment precinct, Chapel Street Precinct, is fighting back with a street campaign to take art off the gallery walls and onto the streets.

Ten artists including Atong Atem, Scotty So (both recently seen at the NGV Triennial), Cameron Robbins, Tricky Walsh and Kenny Pittock are amongst those who have offered their works to be transformed into a street poster campaign that will adorn the walls of Chapel Street Precinct from Thursday 23 September.

“Never before have we needed our artists more and never before have we not been able to access looking at art, but this campaign promises that those on their 10km daily exercise program can go see art that is free and lifts the soul,” said Andy Dinan, Director of MARS Gallery, who championed the Chapel Street Precinct project.

“Art is a reflection of our creative and diverse community, and giving our residents and business owners free access to these incredible works couldn’t be more important, as we all pull together and approach what’s hopefully the closing to this harrowing lockdown period.” said Justin O’Donnell, Chapel Street Precinct Chairperson

Sponsored by Chapel Street Precinct and Mr Moto, works range from Tony Lloyd’s Majestic Man on Moon paintings to a red devil grinning foolishly right back at you by Diego Ramiez.

“Lockdown has robbed our artists of a chance to show their works and a chance for an income – I applaud Chapel Street Precinct for this programme that sends art out to the community when we need it most.” continued Andy Dinan.

Chapel Street Precinct’s 100 commissioned street posters can be seen in complete layout down the side of MARS Gallery at 7 James St, Windsor as well as strategically placed in various locations within the Precinct.

Melburnians who live within a 10km radius of Chapel Street Precinct can find them on their four hour permitted exercise/walk per day.

CSPA encourages Melburnians to follow government exercise guidelines during stage four lockdown, whilst also observing strict social distancing and hygiene protocols.

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS:
[MARS] Gallery | Andy Dinan |0412 999 652
Chapel Street Precinct | Justin O’Donnell or Michelle Fifi | 0416 090 337 or 0431 279 751

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