Geelong Mural One of Australia’s Best Street Art Drawcards

The BRAVE & THE BEAUTIFUL Mural Geelong West Bakers Delight. Artist Kirsten Walsh

The mural painted by artist Kirsten Walsh on the Bakers Delight store in
Geelong West to celebrate cancer survivors and inspire hope has been named as one of the best public art experiences in the nation and awarded Bronze in the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards’ Best External Mural gong.

The Mural

The mural spreads across the entire side wall of the store, with numerous vignettes expressing the journey of cancer sufferers – the smiling face of a woman on a pink background representing breast cancer, another wearing a beanie on a green background pays tribute to sufferers of brain cancer and a young child survivor holding a dandelion blows messages of hope and love to families, sufferers, survivors and others impacted by cancer.

The judges said, “This mural is a great example of where well-conceived, beautifully designed and well executed street art works as a community service. It’s truly an inspirational and comforting artwork that has enormous community appeal and, at the same time, helps create a vibrant precinct that will draw in visitors from outside the area”.  

The Artist
Kirsten Walsh

Hyper-realism artist Kirsten Walsh (pictured on left) of Jan Juc is a talented, world-class portraiture artist, who is incredibly passionate about the local art scene and uses her creative lens of hyper-realism to bring her muses to life.

“My inspiration was to give the community a new source of inspiration during these difficult times of COVID-19. We really wanted to pick up the theme of cancer survival to depict the undeniable strength and resilience these women personify,” said Kirsten.

Suranga Sena (pictured on right), owner of the local family bakery, Bakers Delight Geelong West commissioned Bells Fine Art to search for a local artist with the talent to make a statement about cancer and to lift the spirits of locals during these tough times.

Bells Fine Art Curator and Studio Director, Belinda White said that Kirsten was selected for her impressive realistic style and for the sheer energy and passion that she pours into her work.

“We see mural art as an effective avenue to give back to the people of Geelong and to showcase the world-class talent we have here on our doorstep,”

View the full collection of art work by Kirsten Walsh 


The Cause

Cancer survivors Maureen O'Keeffe, Phillipa Challis OAM, Oriel Wilson and Gemma Berry are united in front of the Geelong West Bakers Delight mural(Pictured left to right). Picture: Peter Ristevski

“Every day 55 Australians will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) exists to support each one of them at every stage, through treatment, recovery and beyond,” Ms Pilatti said.

"As local owner in Pakington Street, I really wanted to give something back to the community that continue to support me and my family every day. I was motivated to get behind local artists and the arts industry who have been hit so hard during this time,”

“I knew that the mural would be a powerful way to inspire our community and collaborating with Bells Fine Art, who are so passionate about showcasing local artists, was a brilliant way to bring this project to life,” said Suranga.

Collaborate with Bells

Bells Fine Art are on the look out for more businesses to collaborate with in Geelong and the Surf Coast area to commission murals as an opportunity to create a street art “movement” in the area.

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