Art projects approved for Middleton Shelter and Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum

Art projects given the go ahead: Aerosol artist Chad Spencer, who is well known for his work in the region, will soon begin work on a mural at the Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum.
Art projects given the go ahead: Aerosol artist Chad Spencer, who is well known for his work in the region, will soon begin work on a mural at the Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum.

Two new, Fleurieu-themed, public art pieces have been approved by Alexandrina Council for sites in Middleton and Port Elliot.

This follows community consultation carried out by the Alexandrina Arts & Culture Advisory Committee, who regularly take part in discussions with community groups.

The total cost of these projects is budgeted at $21,775, to be drawn from the council's allocated $25,000 2019/2020 public art budget.

The first project, budgeted at $4500, will see a 1960s surf themed mural painted at the Middleton Shelter, celebrating the town's surfing history and culture.

A surf themed mural originally adorned the Day Street surf club at Middleton Beach in the 1960s and the Middleton Town and Foreshore Improvement Association have been passionately lobbying to have a re-creation of this artwork re-painted.

The Day Street surf club was one of many abandoned fishing sheds along the south coast which was taken up by the surfing fraternity in the early 1960s, before it was demolished later that decade.

The original mural was painted by Helen Fuller and has been recognised as an important piece of surfing memorabilia in South Australia.

The second project to be approved by the council is budgeted at $17,275.00 and is also a mural, which is to be painted by well recognised aerosol artist Chad Spencer.

This mural will adorn the Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum at Port Elliot and is hoped to attract more visitors to the site, with plans for it to be painted on the street-facing wall of the museum.

Mr Spencer has become well known for his 'I spy Art Trail' concept, which has seen him paint impressive, large murals on dairy sheds and water tanks on the road from Goolwa to Mount Compass.

He has also created additional artworks both for the public and private sectors in Goolwa.

The Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum's committee lobbied for Spencer's services, recognising his ability to interpret the subject he is commissioned to and his passion for the region.

Early plans for the mural are to reflect the history of Port Elliot and portray some of the significant objects displayed within the museum.

Mr Spencer said he was ecstatic to be given the opportunity.

"Former president of the Southern Fleurieu Historic Museum Colin Ekers, who recently passed away, was passionate about this project and was instrumental in getting this off the ground," Mr Spencer said.

"I thank the museum and Alexandrina Council for the opportunity and look forward to creating a work representative of Port Elliot's beautiful history and heritage."