It seems that more and more reasons keep popping up to visit the historic area of Port Adelaide, with the up-and-coming area setting itself up to be a hub of culture, community, good food and art. If you’ve ran your eyes through any form of social media lately, you would have seen that The Wonderwalls Festival has been the latest attraction, with people flocking to see large scale murals being painted by some seriously talented artists.
The Wonderwalls Festival took over the port for three days this past weekend, with mural artists from South Australia, interstate and overseas splashing their paint over the walls at the historical site. Local artists included Brigid Noone, Elizabeth Close, Fortrose, Cam Kerr, EPYK, Jimmy C, Jake Logos, Josh Smith, J2SKE, KAB101, Masika126, Mimby Jones, Muchos, Sam Brooks, Sam Songailo, Vans The Omega and Zedr, while some big name visitor artists included Telmo Miel (Netherlands), Rick Hayward (Brisbane), Amanda Lynn (USA), Merda (Melbourne) and Fats (Canada) — just to name a few! In total, 30 artists have now made their mark on the walls of Port Adelaide, as part of The Wonderwalls Festival 2017.
The festival kicked off on Friday 21st April, with an open exhibition of South Australian artists, which was curated by Joel Van Moore (aka: Vans The Omega) and held in the Hart’s Mill Flour Shed. A street party in Mundy Street then followed, and helped to set the scene for the rest of the festival, decked out with food trucks, music and live mural paintings.
The festival then continued on into the weekend, with plenty more live mural paintings, meet the artist sessions, walking tours, photo tours and more street parties to celebrate the Port’s new look.
With plenty of reasons to stare at walls, visitors were encouraged to take photos and share their day out in The Port on their social media pages, using the hashtag #wonderwallsfestival — which definitely got a workout! The festival bought a new meaning of excitement to watching paint dry, and gave people a very good reason to get out and explore the port-wide exhibition.
If you missed out, don’t fret — the large scale artworks will stay up and on display to the public for some time yet. Maps are available via the Wonderwalls Festival website. So take a walk around The Port and see for yourself why the walls of this community just keep getting brighter and brighter.
For more photos from Wonderwalls Festival, check out our gallery here.
Photography by Ben Neale