Artists chosen to paint Paterson Street carpark mural

February 22, 2024 9:52 am in by

Tasmanian artists Mel McVee and Jamin have been chosen as the successful applicants to paint murals on
the front facade of the Paterson St East Car Park.

The decision follows a public expressions of interest process which Launceston mayor Matthew Garwood said brought forward many great ideas.

“The feedback from the selection panel is that there were some awesome proposals put forward by artists
from right across the State,” mayor Garwood said.

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“And it sounds like the judging panel had some really difficult decisions to make, which goes to show the strength of not only the street art community here in Tasmania but also the appeal of having work on show in Launnie.

“Through the Council’s Cultural Strategy and Public Art Strategy, we’re keen to see more vibrant street art
projects like this in the future, and we can’t wait to see this one getting underway next month.

“Not only does street art bring new energy, life and colour to our city, but it also offers creatives the
opportunity to express themselves in a positive environment and we know can even help to minimise
graffiti and vandalism.”

Mel McVee said it was exciting to be able to work on a mural in the heart of Launceston.

“Launceston has been my home now for the last four years and to be able to create an artwork for a place I love is incredibly exciting for me,” she said.

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“The work will represent our unique species found in the nearby Cataract Gorge, highlighting the beauty
we have at our doorstep.”

Jamin said his first mural had been painted in Launceston more than 15 years ago.

“I am really excited to be painting one of my large scale, nature-based murals in the Launceston CBD,”
Jamin said.

“My first mural in Launceston was the Youngtown underpass, which I painted with Die Laughing Collective
in 2006. Since that time I have painted murals in Launnies Nightclub, East Launceston Primary School and
Australian Honey Products in Invermay.

“Launceston has a special place in my heart.

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“I can’t wait to get started and produce what I hope the people of Launceston will love and treasure for
many years to come!”