Kurri Kurri, in the NSW Hunter Valley, is an art gallery all its own, abuzz with works by Australian and local artists. As you wander through town you’ll notice the lively collection of 38 murals of varying sizes, a colourful project that began as a means of combating unemployment and to support local businesses. On brick walls, buildings and even a toilet block, each one is a unique piece of art showing the town’s history and culture. Here you see companion workers, there a piece with Aboriginal dot painting influences, over there a blacksmith and a Christian church scene. Each picture is fondly drawn and shows a great love of detail, bringing the walls to life. No entry fees, no sticky museum air, no darkened display rooms or restrictions for photographers – this art is displayed in a truly open, modern manner.
WHERE // Kurri Kurri, Hunter Valley wine region, 145km north of Sydney.
DID YOU KNOW? // The world’s largest indoor mural is in Gwalior, India, and measures 904m2. The world’s second largest (727.52m2) is in Burnie in Tasmania’s northwest and depicts Tasmania’s wildly varying terrain.