PEACE WORK: Byron Bay Artist Kellie O’Dempsey pictured working on a mural that will be on show at the upcoming Falls Festival as a part of the Art Village.
PEACE WORK: Byron Bay Artist Kellie O’Dempsey pictured working on a mural that will be on show at the upcoming Falls Festival as a part of the Art Village. Patrick Gorbunovs

Mural will have Falls Festival all wrapped up

WIELDING paint brushes and sun hats, a group of art students and other volunteers have spent the past three days creating an 80m mural that will wrap around the art village - a hub of artistic activity at the upcoming Byron Falls Festival.

Under the guidance of local artist and teacher Kellie O'Dempsey, the group of about 10 have christened themselves The Kellieo Collective.

Working from a basic design plan that includes a long black line linking numerous hands, the artists have been given a degree of freedom, and have been having a ball.

"It's not my thing, it's our thing," Kellie said.

Kris Klein is a self-declared "struggling artist" who predominantly works with film and photography.

He saw a Facebook post about the project and came up to Byron from the Central Coast to be involved.

"It's been fantastic. It's a new experience for me, I've never worked on anything this big,'' he said.

"It's been a real collaboration and it'll be great to see how it looks at the festival."

Kellie said the design, which includes hands in the shape of the peace sign, the hang loose sign and a fist raised in a revolutionary call, "signifies that we are all in this together; as a festival and as a community".

The 80m mural will link-up with another 20m mural Kellie has done that will be part of an archway at the entrance to the art village.

The art village has been co-ordinated by Valley Lipcer and Suzanne Kalk and will include a whole range of roving performers, puppets, theatre and visual arts.

"(It will be) all the boutique, groovy stuff that you don't see on the main stage," Kellie said.



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