The Brightening Bentleigh project was made possible by a Department of Justice and Community Safety grant. The project saw us deliver a graffiti prevention workshop in three local secondary schools as well as installing two vibrant place making murals in Bentleigh. Education sessions delivered to over 750 students focused on the negative impact of graffiti on the community, and how positive murals can counteract these impacts.
We also worked with local youth groups Girl Up Glen Eira and TaskForce through workshops with the mural artists Carla Gottgens and Hayden Dewar. The groups were also involved in the final design and implementation of the murals.
About the murals
“I Am” mural 440 Centre Road Bentleigh – Artist Carla Gottgens
“I Am” is a mural about empowering young women to be strong, confident, powerful and be themselves. Carla through collaboration with Girl Up Glen Eira called for local women to provide a picture of their favourite shoes and what they meant to them, such as “I am strong and will not give up on my dreams”.
“Floating Home” 409 Centre Road Bentleigh - Artist Hayden Dewar,
“Floating Home” is a mural about embracing nature, large landscapes and evoking the senses. Hayden through collaboration with young adults from TaskForce designed a mural concept celebrating nature. The mural includes images of Chocolate Lilies, River Red Gums, Wombat and a Skink, spanning 30 meters wide and 4 meters tall.
This is an exciting time for Bentleigh with a number of other projects currently planned to activate the centre. This includes upcoming further artwork and pedestrian safety improvements, the development of Eat Street and upgrade of Bentleigh Library and Youth Hub.
For more information, contact our Place Making Officer - Special Projects on 9524 3333.