Sheffield Murals Audio Tour
Sheffield has rightly earnt the reputation as Tasmania's Outdoor Art Gallery. Murals adorn the buildings on the main streets in town and have spread into the neighbouring areas, with over 200 now available to view. The murals in town tell the history of the area; people that have lived here, events that have happened and some of the natural attractions that we have in the Kentish Municipality.
A committee was formed in the 1980s with a sole purpose of reviving Sheffield. Members Alan Dyer and Beth Pagel saw a documentary about a small town in Canada called Chemainus who had kickstarted their dying economy by inviting artists to paint their town. This idea was presented at a community meeting and received overwhelming support which gave the committee the go ahead to engage their first artist. There wasn't any money available for the project so the artist John Lendis agreed to paint now and be paid later. The first mural took 3 months to paint and was officially opened in 1986.
In 2003 Sheffield held it's first Mural Fest, which is now an annual highlight in the Sheffield events calendar. Mural Fest invites anyone who would like to paint to submit a scaled down version of a mural they would like to paint in relation to a theme. Nine of these artists are selected to come to Sheffield for a week over Easter and paint in Mural Park.
This walking tour shows you the locations of the majority of murals as well as tells you the information about the artist and the story behind each mural.
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