Benalla Street Art
An easy 2 hour run north up the Hume from Melbourne, will put you in Benalla. A small rural city of around 14,000 residents. It’s a pretty town with botanical gardens and a large attractive lake. A ceramic mural overlooks the lake and the Art Gallery on the opposite shore. But that’s not what draws the tourists. Cue the Benalla Street Art and Silo’s.
Benalla’s main drawcard is its proximity to the North East Silo Art Trail, an art initiative for regional towns. The Winton Wetlands, and Benalla’s famous Wall to Wall, festival. The festival attracts thousands of visitors and has been held annually since 2015. It draws street artists from all over the world, including, among others, Guido Van Helton, Adnate, Rone, Dvate, Sirum. Hence, Benalla is fast becoming recognised for its impressive street art. Spanning walls in the guise of murals, covering once decrepit laneways, gracing the sides of shops the art is everywhere.
I spent a couple of days driving and walking around Benalla with the aid of the Murals Map but still missed heaps of them. A second visit is definitely in order though maybe not during the event with all the crowds.
The next festival is 3-5 April 2020.