In a world where art has the power to transcend boundaries and ignite the imagination, Paint the Town Wingecarribee stands as a vibrant celebration of creativity, resilience and the indomitable spirit of a community.
Through a dynamic collaboration with Southern Tablelands Arts, the visionary artist Joe Quilter has brought to life an awe inspiring street art festival. This remarkable event, made possible by the support of the Black Summer Bushfire grants and Wingecarribee Shire Council, has become a reality, bringing together nationally renowned artists and local talents to weave a tapestry of captivating murals that reflect the journey of recovery since the devastating 2019 black summer fires.
With each stroke of the brush, the murals tell stories, stories of loss, resilience and hope. They serve as visual echoes of the voices and insights of community members who experienced the ravages of the fires firsthand. Through co-design workshops where fire affected individuals came together with artists, these murals have become an embodiment of their shared experiences, forging a collective narrative of strength and determination.
Amidst this kaleidoscope of artistic expression, one masterpiece stands out, radiating with a profound appreciation for indigenous culture and heritage. The gifted commission mural by the esteemed First Nations Artist, Dashanti Carr, adorns the wall of Highland FM 107.1’s broadcast Studio 1, inviting our broadcasters and visitors to embark on a journey of discovery and understanding. Titled ‘Wiinnagadhaag Dhuluwi’, meaning ‘Song Lines’ in the richly resonant Wiradjuri language, this piece serves as a gateway to the interconnected web of stories and traditions that have shaped our collective history. The piece has also ignited a flame of creativity and unity that will continue to burn brightly at Highland FM.
Dashanti Carr’s creation is a testament to the importance of acknowledging and embracing indigenous culture. It encapsulates the essence of wisdom passed down through generations, the sacred connection to the land and the profound contributions of First Nations people to our shared heritage. This masterpiece serves as a reminder that our understanding of history, culture and achievements is enriched by embracing the diverse perspectives and experiences of indigenous communities.
As the paint dances across the wall, the artwork becomes a vessel carrying the voices of the past, present and future. It echoes the sentiment that art has the power to transcend boundaries, to bridge divides and to foster a sense of unity and belonging within a community. The vibrant colours, intricate patterns and symbolic imagery woven into this mural inspire a sense of awe and reverence for the rich fabric of cultures that make up our society.
Highland FM, custodian of this captivating artwork, recognises the profound significance of this creation. It stands not only as a beautiful addition to the studio but also as a beacon of understanding, a testament to the importance of valuing and celebrating the diverse histories, cultures and achievements that have shaped our collective identity.
Adam Stokeld, Station Manager