Great White Shark art piece to involve community

Published: Monday, 19 March 2018 at 2:25:07 PM

A giant Great White Shark will be drawn by members of the community as part of this year’s Wind on Water Festival.

WA artist Ross Potter will host a series of free community graphite rendering workshops where participants will contribute to a large-scale temporary artwork of a Great White Shark.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the piece would definitely turn heads.

“Not only will this artwork be visually amazing but it is going to be created by our community – with the help of Ross,” he said.

“It’s great to have an art component of WoW Fest and to have something on such a large scale is going to be a crowd favourite.

“I’d encourage community members to give it a go and be part of something very special. And if you can’t contribute to the artwork, you won’t want to miss the reveal!”

The format of the workshops will see participants work on a small square section of the Shark after learning graphite rendering techniques.

When all the pieces have been sketched, a grid method will be used to fix them to the wall to reveal the six-metre long Great White Shark.

The free workshops will take place from Thursday 19 April to Sunday 22 April at the vacant Rock’s building on Marine Terrace and are open to all ages. Children under 10 will need to accompanied by an adult. 

The big reveal will take place at Rock’s at 3.30pm on Sunday 22 April. The artwork will be temporarily displayed at Rock’s before its new home is found.

Spots are limited and bookings are required. To secure your spot in one of the eight workshops, contact the City’s Arts and Cultural Development Officer Marnie Douglas on (08) 9956 6968 or email marnied@cgg.wa.gov.au

The project is part of the inaugural Wind on Water Festival, which encompasses everything Geraldton has to offer from perfect weather, water sports plus amazing family activities on our beautiful Foreshore.

Program activities include kite displays, air displays, an Ultimate Watersports show, a sand sculpture, fishing competitions, sunset entertainment and a concert featuring The Veronicas and San Cisco on Sunday 22 April.

WoW Festival is jointly funded by a grant from the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund and the City of Greater Geraldton.

For more information regarding the event or for tickets to the WoW Fest concert, head to www.wowfest.com.au

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