Dancing in the Streets

The newest addition to the Townsville Street Art Trail by artist Claire Foxton will be launched on Stanley Street tomorrow night.

The latest addition to Townsville’s Street Art Trail is a celebration of creative collaboration at its best.

The work, created by Wollongong street artist Claire Foxton diagonally opposite Dancenorth on Stanley Street, features Dancenorth professional ensemble member Samantha Hines.

“I came up with the concept for this piece by contacting Dancenorth, because I saw their studio was near the wall, and collaborated with them to come up with a piece that would show the theme of movement,” Claire said.

Claire’s work is based on an image taken specifically for the mural by Dancenorth Associate Artistic Director, Amber Haines.

The photo of Sam Hines which Claire’s artwork is based on. IMAGE: Amber Haines

“This has been a full creative collaboration between me the artist, Amber the photographer, and Sam the dancer. It’s something a little different from what I’m used to doing but I’m definitely hoping to pursue more like this down the track.

“I love the abstract parts of my work which are a bit more free-flowing, so have these brushes and rollers and use a lot of movement and gesture to create these colourful markings across the wall which are very free, whereas the portrait is tight and has to be quite exact. There’s a nice contrast there between the abstract and real.”

Claire’s mural is the latest in a string of new work to be added to Townsville’s Street Art Trail recently – but definitely won’t be last, said Street Art Activation Working Group Member Cr Russ Cook.

“There’s definitely more street art in the pipeline and not just in the city either, with others in talks on Ross River Road,” Cr Cook said.

Claire’s artwork also celebrates movement through abstract colours.
Brolga Song and Dance by Nicky Bidju Pryor can be found in the laneway beside the former Commonwealth Bank building on Sturt Street (opposite City Arcade)
The rear walls of Reef HQ, visible from Palmer Street, celebrate marine life with work from Columbian street artist Wosnan.

Businesses and residents can also express interest in showcasing a piece of street art on their property, with street art toolkits also available on Council’s website.

“People are definitely making the most of the toolkits and are keen to be involved – I’ve had two businesses apply in just the past two weeks, so they have everything they need now and we work with Perc Tucker Regional Gallery to assist with all of those applications.”

Catch the launch of Claire Foxton’s mural from 6pm on Saturday 16 June in the rear carpark of 199 Sturt Street (cnr Sturt & Stanley).

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