Making a mark with murals
CASINO-BASED artist Richard van Haeren wants to see murals in town painted by artists.
Having spent the last 17 weeks in Pakenham in Melbourne, painting murals, he understands the transformative power of a beautiful artwork.
Working with Work for the Dole participants, van Haeren had the difficult task of convincing them they could bring something to the art process.
"It was challenging and uplifting and like a big classroom,” he said.
"As a child you are told you're not artistic so when I gave them the opportunity to put brush to surface they enjoyed it. The notion of the quietness of painting was cathartic.”
Van Haeren has his eye on some blank walls in Casino and would like the council to consider funding murals that are artworks not signs.
"I'm interested in drawing the comparison between what we've got and what we could have.”
Artists like Guido van Helton who painted a mural in Lismore's alley way draws visitors to the area.
Van Haeren wants art works to be funded that have the "wow factor.”
With Richmond Valley Council heading into its second phase of funding of public art works, this is the time for all artists and those with opinions about art to step forward.