Coles Complex revitalised!

The Revitalise Alice Street Art project continued brightening the streets of Alice Springs this week with the launch of new public art in the Alice Springs CBD.

The latest development saw three artworks installed in the Coles Complex, which is the sixth location to participate in the project. A total of eleven artworks have been installed across the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project sites.

The work installed at the Coles Complex include a watercolour painting titled ‘Jessie Gap’ by artist Jude Mapleson, and two images by local photographer Oliver Eclipse.

Jude Mapleson with her work ‘Jessie Gap’ which has been installed in the Coles Complex for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. Photo: EMMA MURRAY

‘Jessie Gap’ is the third work Mapleson has contributed to the project after two of her paintings were installed at Eurilpa House for in December.

Having his work publicly displayed is just recognition for Eclipse, who has been a photographer in Alice Springs for over a decade.

Mapleson and Eclipse’s work joins the likes of Cecilia Price, Mervyn Rubuntja, Melanie Gunner and Alison Hittmann, whose art has added colour and character to the town.

The Revitalise Alice Street Art Project is due to wrap up at the end of June, by this time a further six artworks are scheduled to be installed in the Alice Springs CBD.

Artist Jude Mapleson said:

“I’m completely blown away. It’s totally unexpected to have a third images chosen for this project; I’m humbled.”

Artist Oliver Eclipse said:

“After 12 years taking photos in Alice Springs I feel very honoured to have my images displayed publicly.

Oliver Eclipse with one of his two images that have been installed in the Coles Complex for the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project. Photo: EMMA MURRAY

Red Hot Arts Chair Penelope McDonald said:

“Red Hot Arts is excited to continue to deliver the Revitalise Alice Street Art Project in 2021. The Coles Complex is the sixth location we’ve installed work in, with several more in progress.”

“These artworks invigorate our public spaces and contribute to our identity and pride as a community, and increase our sense of belonging.”

“We’re especially excited to see two of Oliver Eclipse’s photographs installed; Oliver is a long term member of the Alice Springs arts community and it’s wonderful to see his work displayed at scale in the CBD.”

About the 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.

About Red Hot Arts

Red Hot Arts is a vibrant arts charity fostering arts and cultural innovation, development, collaboration and entrepreneurship in Alice Springs.

Projects and events presented by Red Hot Arts include the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project, the Alice Springs Street Art Festival, and Desert Festival.

For more information visit redhotarts.com.au

Media Contact

Emma Murray I 08 8952 2392| comms@redhotarts.com.au