Murals build Frankston youth skills and confidence at the 2021 Big Picture Fest

Published: 4 Oct 2021

Artists working on a a colourful mural with a pelican flying along the sea. Photo credit: @steveb3199

Here's something for locals across Frankston to experience as they emerge from lockdown. Students from Monterey Secondary College and Frankston High School have created two vibrant new murals on the walls of Thompson Lane as part of Frankston’s 2021 Big Picture Fest.

Each year, Frankston’s colourful and engaging street art festival invites professional artists to transform the walls of this beachside suburb into a collection of striking murals. Thanks to funding from the Victorian Government and Frankston City Council, working with the Frankston Revitalisation Board, the festival’s creative scope was expanded in 2021 to include two pieces by the next generation of young artists from Frankston’s local high schools.

Developing life skills through creative expression

Mentored and guided by well-respected Melbourne-based artists Melanie Caple and David Booth (Ghostpatrol) the students gained a lot more than the opportunity to create legacy artworks.

The creative collaborations gave the students a new and unique platform to share their ideas. It was a hands-on way to express and define themselves, their backgrounds and beliefs in a public setting. Building relationships, life skills and confidence, the mural project was an enriching experience for everyone involved – the students, their teachers, the artists, the building owners, the wider Frankston community and, of course, the visitors who now get to enjoy these murals.

Revitalising the City of Frankston through community projects

On the recommendation of the Frankston Suburban Revitalisation Board, the Victorian Government’s Office for Suburban Development contributed $25,000 to include the engagement of the schools in the 2021 Big Picture Fest.

The project was a collaboration between the two schools, and local and state government. The Frankston City Council invested $160,000 in the overall festival, while the Revitalisation Board has also supported other projects to provide a boost to the Frankston community.

“The project came about through some additional funding from the State Government through the Frankston Revitalisation Board, which we’re very thankful for,” said the Project Producer, Heidi Irvine.

Art as a platform for community engagement

“Art has the power to inspire, engage and spark dialogue. I also want it to be a marker for the students who paint it, something that instils pride and connection to place,” said Melanie Caple, one of the mentors.

“(The) high quality outcome not only strengthens and extends the students’ artistic abilities, but also engages the school community and the Frankston community at large,” she added.

See how the murals were brought to life in the following video: The Big Picture Fest, Frankston 2021-Beyond the Wall.

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