Our first pavement art festival ‘Chalk The Walk’ was held in 2005 on Pyrmont Bridge in Darling Harbour, Sydney. In 2007 the festival grew to become Chalk Urban Art Festival, the largest street painting festival in the southern hemisphere. Chalk The Walk is now held in towns and regional areas, artists involved have the opportunity to part of Chalk Urban Art Festival.
To date, fourteen festivals have been held across Australia, in Sydney, Melbourne, Surfers Paradise, Parramatta and Cairns. Hundreds of artists have participated in these events and hundreds of thousands of people have come to see them at work. Visit our Chalk website and check out photos and images in the gallery.
In each city we have held the festival, it is exciting to see locations come alive with colour and activity and become a source of pride and excitement for artists, tourists, the business community and locals.
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Highlights over the years include:
2014 – we created Australia’s largest street painting at Customs House forecourt, Circular Quay in Sydney and our documentary screened on SBS1 and Foxtel’s Studio Channel. ‘CHALK’ will screen in the UK, NZ and the Pacific Islands in 2015.
2013 – Lucy Turnbull AO launched our documentary ‘CHALK An Australian Perspective’; the trailer can be viewed at www.chalkurbanart.com. SBS International is in charge of global distribution.
2012 – Founder and Creative Producer Andi Mether, Champion Pavement Artists Jenny McCracken and Anton Pulvirenti travelled to Italy to represent Australia for the 40th anniversary of Incontro Nazionale dei Madonnari in Grazie di Curtatone. They were accompanied by film makers Claire Balart and Shaun Flaherty. Jenny McCracken won her division and a gold medal for Australia. Andi Mether attended the international meeting of festival organisers and explored opportunities for an international exchange program. Jenny and Andi went on to Germany for the Geldern Street Painting Festival and later in the year travelled to Florida for the Sarasota Chalk Art Festival. Jenny was guest artist at these events. Further information and images from our trip can be seen on http://www.chalkurbanart.com/travel-blog/.
2007 we were awarded the Sydney Harbour Artist Award for bringing attention to historical Pyrmont Bridge (over 60,000 people attended the event).