AIDS 2014 mural project

Recently I was involved in a collaborative mural project with YEAH And the Melbourne Youth Force as part of the AIDS 2014 conference.

It was a challenging project brief for a few reasons, it had to be something that potentially up to 160 people could contribute to, that could be painted with spray paint, and that could be finished in a limited timeframe of 6 hours. It also had to go on to become a permanent fixture at the Queen Victoria Markets site.

Considering the brief, my concept was to put one big stencil on the wall and then work with the participants to fill it up with smaller stencils. Building up layers of pattern, colour and meaning in to the work as it evolved. It was a great experience to be able to work with youth delegates from around the globe on a project like this, all the participants really embraced the idea instantly and came up with some great images. I am really pleased with the end result and importantly we all had a lot of fun working together to create it.

Thank you to the organisers, M.P Fikaris and all the youth delegates that contributed to the project. We dedicated the project to the people who tragically lost their lives on flight MH17 – some of whom were headed to Melbourne to participate in the conference.