Community art is artistic activity that is based in a community setting, characterised by interaction or dialogue with the community and involving a professional artist collaborating with people who may not otherwise engage in the arts.
Since late 2019, the R2P Alliance has been engaging with the local community to identify priorities to improve the community they live in. Key priorities include open space and parks, landscaping, public and community art and play spaces.
In response, the R2P Alliance has been investigating opportunities and delivering programs.
Mural artwork at the base of the pedestrian and cyclist overpass
A pedestrian and cyclist overpass (overpass) is being constructed at the north-east and north-west corners of Pym Street, to provide important east-west connectivity between Torrens Road and Regency Road.
The R2P Project is commissioning an artist/artist team to create an interconnecting public art mural at the base of the overpass. The overpass precast concrete retaining walls and under-stair walls have been identified as the most suitable areas to deliver community artwork.
The objective is to create a vibrant, welcoming and distinctive place for the community. The inclusion of high-quality contemporary public art murals for this high activity area will serve to enhance quality of life, public experience and community pride for residents and visitors.
The R2P Project will work closely with The Department for Infrastructure and Transport, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, Office for Design and Architecture SA and Traffic Management Centre, to engage and commission artist/s.
Mural installation is planned in the first quarter 2021.
Mural Artwork Commissioning Brief (EOI)
Artist chosen for mural commission
The R2P Project completed an expressions of interest process in late October 2020 within the local South Australian art community and selected four shortlisted artists to each deliver a concept design for the mural.
The shortlisted artists worked closely with the project to ensure they had a good understanding of the project design, the surrounding community and community feedback received via Social Pinpoint.
The shortlisted artists delivered their concept designs to the R2P artwork group in early December 2020. Concept designs were assessed on their consideration of the local community as well as R2P Project requirements, including safety, delivery timeline and budget.
Sam Songailo has been selected as the finalist. His concept design is inspired by community feedback and influenced by traditional textile designs and patterns from prominent local cultures. Sam weaved these designs into his signature style, to create a mural that expresses vibrancy, optimism and openness.
The R2P Project will work with Sam through January 2021, to develop the detailed design ready for mural artwork installation in mid-February 2021.
Mural design examples
Get to know the shortlisted artists
The shortlisted artists selected to deliver mural concept designs are:
Shortlisted artists examples
The R2P Project is engaging with the local community to seek artwork ideas and feedback to gain insight into how they identify as a community.
The ideas that the community shares with the R2P Project will be provided to the shortlisted artists/artist teams once chosen to deliver a concept design, so they are better informed on what would compliment the neighbourhood.
Ideas and feedback can be provided to the project via:
- Social Pinpoint
A collaborative engagement tool that allows the community to share their aspirations and ideas on how we can help to create a unique identity in your neighbourhood. The community can share stories of its history, the culture and its people and most importantly what their community means to them.
Visit our Social Pinpoint page here to have a say (this link takes you to a third party website).
- Community Artwork Noticeboard at the Polonia Reserve
This dedicated artwork noticeboard allows the community to submit ideas via a printed image, a drawing or simply placing a sticky dot on the displayed artwork examples that appeals to them.
- Chalk talk
Chalk provided to the local community to draw artwork ideas on driveways, take a photo and submit to the R2P Alliance via email (or a staff member can visit to take a photo).
Community Artwork – Community Meeting cancelled
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Community Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday 19 November has been cancelled.
We encourage the community to still get involved via our Social Pinpoint page here or by viewing the Community Artwork Noticeboard at the Polonia Reserve. The community can also contact the R2P Alliance project team via the information line 1300 110 906 or via email email@example.com.
For further information on the R2P Alliance project team’s response to COVID-19, please read the latest news here.
If you are interested in receiving chalk or have any suggestions on how else to share artwork ideas contact the project on the below details
Community consultation has closed.
Whilst the R2P Project will be awarding the artwork to local South Australian artists/artist teams, we have compiled a selection of local, interstate and overseas mural examples to show the diversity of what can be delivered.
Stobie pole artwork
In July 2020, we partnered with the City of Port Adelaide Enfield and residents of Packard Avenue to participate in the ‘Paint Ya Pole’ program. Tracey Davis was welcomed back to work with residents and bring their ideas to life.
After approvals were obtained from SA Power Networks, Tracey painted the design outlines on the stobie poles in preparation for the painting days. On the painting days, residents worked together with the R2P Alliance staff and Tracey to complete the artwork. It took several days and great commitment was shown by the residents to deliver a fantastic result.
Given the success of this program, the R2P Alliance will raise awareness of stobie pole artwork opportunities within the local community, from late 2020. The R2P Alliance will share information on Council programs, access to paint banks and local artists.
Guidance and support will be provided to the local community in applying for SA Power Network approvals, potential Council grants and coordination of artwork installations.
Stay tuned for further information that will be uploaded here in the coming month.
Recycled wood and brick artwork
During concrete barrier installation works in early 2020, a machine operator identified a small sunken ground area in the vacant land along South Road. Further investigations found that an old well, from the 1900s, was buried beneath the ground.
After obtaining necessary approvals, the well was excavated, and the recovered bricks placed in a protected area in one of the site compounds.
As part of the R2P Project, a heavy vehicle bypass road connecting Pedder Crescent and Exeter Terrace at the junction of Oxemham Street, Dudley Park, is being constructed. To enable these works, some vegetation removals were required.
During vegetation removal, tree trunks and limbs were set aside to look into possible reuse.
The R2P Project will work with Heritage South Australia and material experts to explore opportunities to create a piece of furniture to be placed in the local community, near the pedestrian and cyclist overpass.
Should the wood or bricks not be suitable for an artwork installation, the materials will be donated locally.
Stay tuned for further information as this opportunity is investigated.
Since early 2020, a number of road and footpath access changes have been implemented as a result of the project. To help pedestrians and cyclists navigate their way around construction areas, the R2P Alliance engaged local artist Tracey Davis to paint directional wayfinding artwork on local street footpaths.
The eye-catching artwork has been designed to be helpful as well as a fun visual. When the R2P Project is complete and the directional wayfinding is no longer required, the directions will be painted over with the name of the suburb, ‘Croydon Park’. The footpath artwork will remain a permanent colourful feature in the local area.
Landscaping and urban design
Landscaping is a key community priority. The R2P Project commenced landscaping construction in mid-2020 and further information on landscaping and urban design, can be found on the webpage: https://r2palliance.com.au/construction/landscaping-and-urban-design.