Art & Design

Sydney’s Inner West is renowned for its vibrant and progressive community. Inspired by its rich Aboriginal, multicultural and industrial history, it has now evolved into a destination to experience creativity at its best and an arts capital of Australia. Marrickville itself was named number 10 in Time Out’s top 40 coolest neighbourhoods in the world which ranks ‘places to be for food and fun, art and culture, atmosphere and personality.’ 

We are thrilled to partner with Inner West Council to deliver an exciting new arts program.  

Centre Manager Dean Young explains, ‘The public arts program developed with Inner West Council is a fantastic corporate, local government, community and creative partnership, unique in its co-curatorial approach. The model for the program is to partner local artists with their neighbours and community to collaboratively develop original artworks, each individually inspired by shared stories, history and ideas of Marrickville.’ 

The first round of commissions installed through September and October 2020 respond to an open call out run by ourselves and the Inner West Council late last year, with install continuing until April 2021. 

The incredible local and internationally renowned artists selected through the open EOI process include Georgia Hill, Liz Shreeve, Helen Proctor and Fintan Magee.  Below is more information on each of these artists and the artworks they are creating.   

The artworks will be displayed on the exterior of the new centre located on Smidmore Street, Edinburgh Road and Murray Street in Marrickville.  

‘With further commissions to be announced, this program consolidates Inner West Council and Marrickville Metro’s firm commitment to support talented local artists and the creative sector, expanding local employment opportunities and showcasing the valuable contribution they make to our Inner West community,” adds Caroline McLeod, Acting Director City Living.  


'You're Here, I'm Here Too' by GEORGIA HILL  

Georgia Hill is an Australian multidisciplinary artist, specialising in type-based artworks that combine bold, black and white textures and lettering within experimental compositions. Georgia lives and works in Marrickville and her artwork for our development draws inspiration from vintage lettering that can be found on signage around the local area. The inspiration behind the piece is to communicate a caring sentiment that we share and build a positive environment together, as a community.  


‘The Palisade’ by LIZ SHREEVE  
A local artist with a studio on Carrington Road, Marrickville, Liz Shreeve’s works are a myriad of light and shade. She uses the strict geometry of the grid to create contemplative, harmonious shifts in light and space. In Liz’s own words, “The artwork on the palisades depicts the history of the Marrickville area in colour; the thousands of years of pre-colonial indigenous habitation represented on one side of the palisades and the 220 years of colonisation and change represented on the other.”  

'Through the trees' by HELEN PROCTOR 
Helen is an Australian artist with strong ties to Marrickville. Her iconic style focuses on abstract landscape painting, representative of a passion and spirit for exploring human connection to the natural environment. For the past ten years, Helen has carved out a reputation within the Sydney street art scene for her stencils, paste-ups and large-scale murals. Helen lived in the Inner West for more than 12 years and her work will take inspiration from local bushland and the plants and animals who call the local area home. Helen’s design will compliment Liz Shreeve’s with reference to the colour palette and sharp horizontal shapes that will be present.  
‘Workspace’ by FINTAN MAGEE  
Fintan Magee is a Sydney based social realist painter, internationally renowned for his enormous street art commissions referencing community and social issues. Originally from Queensland, Fintan moved to the Inner West in 2013 and continues to work from his local studio today. Fintan’s work for us honours local female artists working prolifically within industrial warehouse spaces in Marrickville. Experimentation with light cleverly illuminates our awareness of Marrickville’s underground independent arts scene.  

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