Todd Street received a facelift this week after the installation of two colourful landscapes by Alice Springs artist Jude Mapleson to the exterior of Eurilpa House.
Mapleson’s work joins the likes of Cecilia Price, Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann in brightening the streets of Alice Springs as the latest installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project.
Mapleson’s selected works, titled ‘Australia Day on the Finke’ and ‘Road to Umuwa’, have been installed by TJ Signs. It is the third installation they have done as part of the project.
Mapleson has lived in Alice Springs for over 40 years and took her first steps into painting under the guidance of the late Iain Campbell at Alice Springs College of Tafe in 2000.
Since then, she has been guided by other well-known Centralian artists including Patricia Weeks, Henry Smith and Barbara Stuart.
She has exhibited at The Residency, the Advocate Art Award at Araluen Arts Centre, Central Crafts’ June Marriott Gallery and the Corowa Federation Art Exhibition.
In 2001 she won the Endeavour Award for her first oil painting at the Advocate Art Award, and in 2019 she was awarded the Iain Campbell Memorial Award.
Quotes from artist Jude Mapleson:
“Thanks to Red Hot Arts for making it all happen, and to the owners of the building for choosing my work.”
“When I applied to have my paintings used, I imagined a roller door or a single shop window. The size of the installation is a complete surprise, I can’t wait to see the effect. The largest my paintings have ever been is the size of a full watercolour sheet!”
“I’m pretty proud that two of my favourite pieces are out there for all to see. Central Australia is stunningly beautiful and inspires me visually in all of its aspects: landscapes, botanical, bird and insects.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Chansey Paech:
“The Territory Labor Government’s ‘Street Art Project’ is a community-driven initiative that champions the spirit and character of Central Australia and revitalises the Alice Springs CBD.”
“The project is part of the Territory Labor Government’s $15 million ‘Revitalising Alice CBD’ initiative to reinvigorate the town and create a more attractive place for locals and visitors to enjoy.”
“The works improve the aesthetics of the town, create work for local artists and small businesses, and showcase the world-class artistic talent on offer in Alice Springs.”
“Red Hot Arts promotes Central Australia as a national arts and culture destination and fosters the development of our region’s artists so we’re pleased to partner with them on this project.”
Quotes from Red Hot Arts General Manager Jen Standish-White
“We are so pleased to deliver the fifth installation of the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project to help brighten the streets of Alice Springs before Christmas.”
“Jude’s vibrant artworks are a wonderful addition to the northern end of Todd Street and beautifully capture the colours of the Central Australian landscape.”
Quotes from TJ Signs Director Jason Edwards:
“This is the third installation we have done for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. It’s great to see the streets of Alice Springs getting a boost of colour and we are excited to be involved in the project.”
About Revitalise Alice Street Art Project
Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is an initiative of the Northern Territory Government and being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia.
Under Revitalise Alice, local artists were invited to submit expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process and negotiations with local building and business owners, the project will see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and create work for local artists and support our local businesses.
We encourage building or business owners to contact our Festivals and Events Manager, Tamlyn Neck, on firstname.lastname@example.org if they are interested in participating in the project.