The Street Art Walk was conceived in 2013 when local resident Dave Riley suggested painting murals in this laneway to SAMA’s founder Jarrod Wheatley. At once the sites’ urban aesthetics and potential to make a positive contribution to street artists, the town and its creative economies were recognised. SAMA worked for 18 months meeting legal, heritage, planning and stakeholder requirements. The space was launched in June 2015 after being initially resourced through a highly successful crowd funding campaign, to which 135 individuals contributed.
Firstly, thanks to the community, especially everyone who contributed to the crowd funding campaign. We are humbled by your support. Also a big thank you to: the SAMA team, Jarrod Wheatley, Damian Cooper and Giles Fryer; Mountains Youth Services Team for supporting SAMA; BMCC for their contribution and faith in the project; the Cultural Centre, in particular Director Paul Brinkman, for curation and vision; School for Social Entrepreneurs for opening doors; ING Direct for their generous donations; Riley Renovators for suggesting the location and ongoing assistance; University of Western Sydney for research and support; the building owners and tenants for providing the space; and finally, the Street Artists who make this a living project!
The above video has been donated by Vision TV.