A breath of fresh air has begun to enliven our CBD as the first artworks to be rolled out under the Territory Labor Government’s Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project being delivered by Red Hot Arts Central Australia begins.

In late 2019, over 30 of our local Alice Springs artists submitted their expressions of interest for the project. After a rigorous selection process, artworks were shortlisted, and negotiations begun with local building and business owners. The ensuing challenges and hardships faced by both our local arts community and business owners, as the COVID 19 crisis and subsequent restrictions were put in place, saw the project in danger of floundering.

The dedicated team at Red Hot Arts is thankful that the past few months of planning, connecting and supporting, will now see up to 20 new artworks applied to building facades and roller shutters across the Alice Springs CBD and more importantly, create work for our local artists and support our local businesses, injecting much needed income into our local economy.

We are counting on local artist Melanie Gunner’s bright and beautiful piece depicting Central Australian flora that has transformed the roller shutters at the This Is Aboriginal Art gallery in the Todd Mall to encourage all building or business owners in the CBD with roller shutters to contact Red Hot Arts if they are interested in participating in the project. Who would not want to transform their grey, dull roller shutter into a vibrant artwork that celebrates the community and spirit of Central Australia and ensures that Alice Springs is ready to welcome visitors post COVID-19?

Likewise, if your business lends itself to the application of window wraps, be inspired by the 3 mesmerising West MacDonnell Ranges watercolour landscapes, by highly respected Central and Western Arrernte/Aranda man, Mervyn Rubuntja, of the Iltja Ntjarra Many Hands Art Centre that now adorn the windows of the Alice Plaza at the northern end of the Todd Mall. And a perfect segue to entice an exploration of the Larapinta Trail when restrictions are lifted!

And if that’s not enough to brighten your day, local artist Alison Hittmann, a  quintessential part of the fabric of Alice Springs’ arts community, is currently creating redolent artwork to celebrate the cacophonous and raucous galahs that regularly screech and roost in our local flora and which will be installed onto the exterior walls of The Bakery in June.

For more information and for businesses in the CBD (bounded by Wills, Leichardt, Stott and Railway Terraces) to express their interest in participating in the Revitalise Alice – Street Art Project, please be in touch with Tamlyn Neck on festivals@reshotarts.com.au