2017 Perfect Match submissions now open

One of Inner West Council’s most innovative and exciting public art programs is now bigger and better than ever.

2017 Perfect Match nominations are now open. Artists can nominate their ideas for an inner west mural, while property owners fed up with ‘tagging’ can nominate their walls as a blank canvas.

The program provides money and support to artists chosen to execute a mural on properties nominated by residents or business owners.

In its first year alone, Perfect Match gave the community 14 murals – including the award-winning work on Stanmore Library, the massive cowboy at Rallis Timber in Marrickville by world-renowned Fintan Magee, and Thomas Thorby Lister’s whimsical creation at Marrickville Bowling Club.

Last year, Perfect Match brought Fintan Magee back to the ‘hood after a residency in Mexico and fresh from having his Atlanta mural named as one of the 25 best in the world. His 2015 Perfect Match work, Housing Bubble on Newtown’s Urban Hotel, is now an Enmore Road landmark.

Sid Tapia, Ears, Capiche, Birdhat, Art of Wall, Jumboist, and Hugues Sineux also all contributed works to Perfect Match 2015.

This year, Perfect Match featured familiar names such as Mulga, Sid Tapia, Akisiew, Peque, Capiche and Jumboist – and newcomers Alex Lehours, Steven Nuttall (OX), Camo, Nitsua, [HA HA] (Regan Tamanui) and Thomas Jackson.

Mandy Salter’s Perfect Match 2016 work in Stanmore was called “amazing” by property owner Elina Moreau Braunstein, who said “Mandy has transformed the neglected corner of Cavendish Lane into a humorous and colourful feature in the streetscape, providing character and identity to what was always an unattractive frontage.

“Thanks to [Inner West Council], we were matched with an artist of our choice and her artwork now forms a marker on the corner of Cavendish Lane and Merchant Street - and we have already been approached by happy neighbours.

“Thank you [Council] for the time and enthusiasm which has been put into organising this. It has been inspiring to be part of your project and we are very excited about the result,” Elina said.

Perfect Match will culminate in one action-packed weekend of free tours and celebrations from Friday 4 – Sunday 6 August 2017.

Further information is on Council’s website: http://www.innerwest.nsw.gov.au/news-and-events/events-and-festivals/perfect-match

Artists and property owners can apply online here: https://innerwest.smartygrants.com.au/

Closing date for nominations is Tuesday 28 February 2017. For print quality images of previous Perfect Match artworks, contact the Communication team.

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