Reconnect with street art

Ash Keating painting in Craigieburn last year. Photo: Supplied 221441_02

The RED CENTRE exhibition will return to Werribee this month.

The annual outdoor gallery-style exhibition, featuring six temporary works of art, is part of Wyndham council’s public art program.

Now in its sixth year, the event will feature photography, street art, illustration and light-based installations by local and Victorian artists.

In a nod to the upcoming Christmas season, each artist has been asked to reference the colour red in their work.

Located in the west end of Watton Street, RED CENTRE will run from November 27 until 18 January 18 next year.

Internationally-renowned street artist Ash Keating will return to create a new temporary work near the Wyndham Cultural Centre.

Photographs taken by Atong Atem also will feature in the program.

Local artist Rukz One – aka Paul Zahra – has collaborated with public artist, photographer and illustrator Carla Gottgens to bring pandemic secrets and isolation habits to life in a large-scale work along Wedge St.

The Wedge Street Piazza will be festively lit and include work by artists Buff Diss and Jessica Jane.

Wyndham council’s director of city design and liveability, Ludo Campbell-Reid, said the exhibition would be free to view.

“This year, being able to bring fresh, new contemporary art into our public spaces is even more important for residents and visitors, artists and our local business community,” he said.

“As restrictions ease, being able to bring art back out into the community and onto the city streets, is part of how we reconnect as a community and bring people back to our retail and dining precincts.”