Beardy Street Mall will become an art mecca on Saturday, April 6 when two international artists transform the space as part of the inaugural Colour New England Street Arts Festival.
Chalk artist Rudy Kistler specialises in complex three-dimensional illusions and murals and will metamorphosize the mall with his latest creation. Colour New England Street Arts Festival spokeswoman Hayley Ward said Rudy's art was always entertaining and engaging and he loved working in the community on performance artworks.
Come down to the mall to see the artwork take shape and talk to Rudy about his work.Hayley Ward
"He will start his fun and interactive artwork early in the morning and is aiming to be finished in time for the festival's official opening at 2pm," she said.
"Come down to the mall to see the artwork take shape and talk to Rudy about his work."
Residents are encouraged to take and post selfies tagged #colournewengland Rudy will then host a chalk workshop from 3pm. Registrations will open at 9am in the mall, while Rudy works, and participant numbers will be limited, so be sure to sign up early.
While the chalk piece takes shape, Armidale-raised street artist CRISP will create a new mural in Cinders Lane.
His beautiful, large-scale image on the back of the Boobooks building will reflect the colours and mood of the New England region.
CRISP has drawn, painted, sculpted, pottered, carved and photographed since he was very young, creating anything he could as a form of personal expression.
After studying and working in Sydney, he spent 10 years working, traveling and creating art in the UK, Europe, Asia, North and South America, before starting his successful street art career in Bogota, Colombia.
For people inspired by Rudy, CRISP and the other performers, the Colour New England Street Arts Festival will offer lots of opportunities to try something creative and you can find more information on the council website.