Back in 2015 FORM joined forces with Grain cooperative CBH Group and painted the first ever mural on an Australian grain silo… little did they know that this would initiate “The Australian Silo Art project”. A national trend and groundbreaking cultural tourism experience across Australia.
The Australian Silo Art Trail now stretches from Western Australia, through South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales and ends in Queensland. Since 2015 there are 25 silo’s that have been painted by urban artists, creating Australia’s biggest outdoor gallery. The Australian Silo Art Trail have increased tourism to towns off the beaten track, passing through small working farms and local communities.
We start our blog series with The Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail, an incredible drive through the Wimmera and Mallee Regions of Victoria. The silo art trail begins in Patchewollock, Lascelles, Rosebery, Brim, Sheep Hills and ends up in Rupanyup covering over 200 kilometres of country Victoria.
The Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail begins with Patchewollock, here you can find Silo Art by Brisbane artist Fintan Magee. For inspiration Fintan booked a room at the local pub and spent his time chatting to the locals and finding out about the local community. Fintan’s subject for the 1939 twin silo was farmer Nick “Noodle” Hulland who exemplified the no-nonsense, hardworking spirit of the region.
The second Silo in the Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail takes you to Lascelles, and is painted by Melbourne street artist Rone. Rone painted for two weeks the images of a local couple Geoff and Merrilyn Horman on the 1939 Graincorp silos. Their families have lived and farmed in the area for four generations. Born in the district, the couple married in Lascelles in 1967 and together with their two sons (and their own families) have continued the family traditions of wheat farming and strong community involvement.
The next Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail is in Rosebery by artist Kaff-eine. On one silo she captures the image of a young female farmer, a strong woman who is used to the hardships of the land, and on the other silo is a typical Mallee farmer affectionate with his horse.
The Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail next takes you to Brim where Brisbane Guido Van Helten initiated the trail when he initially painted the Brim silos in December 2015. The anonymous subject mural is a tribute to the farming communities of the Wimmera and Mallee region and portray a multi-generational quartet of farmers both male and female who show the strength and resilience that is required to be a country Victorian farmer.
The Wimmera-Mallee Silo Art Trail stops at Rupanyup with Russian artist Julia Volchkova. Julia honours the importance of sport in the area and her mural was inspired by the Rupanyup Panthers Football & Netball Club. Julia paints Ebony Baker in her netball uniform and Jordon Wedermann who plays Australian Rules football.
Thank you to Annette Green of Great Australian Adventure for all the information and images of the biggest outdoor gallery Australia has to offer! To connect with the Australian silo Art Trail join their facebook group here.
Photo Credit Annette Green