Community invited to participate in Verb Syndicate's latest mural

One of Verb Syndicate's older pieces in Nowra. International artist Guido Van Helten brought the entrance to Nowra’s live gallery walk to life with his interpretation of a picture taken by the late Jeff Carter of a fisherman mending a net in Greenwell Point.
One of Verb Syndicate's older pieces in Nowra. International artist Guido Van Helten brought the entrance to Nowra’s live gallery walk to life with his interpretation of a picture taken by the late Jeff Carter of a fisherman mending a net in Greenwell Point.

Paint brushes, spray paints and some very talented artists are set to hit Nowra’s CBD on Thursday, and the community has been invited to get involved. 

Verb Syndicate, a collective known for it’s work on the mural of late Jeff Carter in Egan’s Lane, are set to return to the Shoalhaven to bring colour and creativity to the CBD.

As part of Shoalhaven City Council’s CBD revitalisation strategy, Shoalhaven artist Enes, along with Verb Syndicate, will paint a mural in the ThoroughFair, next to the arts centre, to revitalise, activate and grow the Nowra CBD. 

The project, titled ‘Paint by Numbers’ will incorporate the artists’ skills, as well as input from the community, according to Verb Syndicate founder Simon Grant. 

“We really encourage everyone to come down on the day, grab a brush and get on the tools,” he said. 

“Enes will be working with the people who want to participate, teaching them basic techniques and pulling everything into one big cohesive piece.” 

Simon said project’s like this helped to strengthen community and build a better township. 

“This type of thing encourages community participation and gives a bit of ownership of the town back to the community,” he said. 

“It also gives a voice to the people in an established piece of work.” 

 While Simon is keeping plans for the mural a secret, he said it would be something that resonated with the community. 

“I can’t give anything away but it will compliment some of the larger pieces in the area,” he said. 

“The event is titled ‘Paint by Numbers’ and we really encourage everyone to come and join in regardless of skills.

“We’ve been working with Shoalhaven City Council to put a community spin on revitalisation and to promote more community engagement.”

Verb Syndicate was founded in 2008 and since then, the collective has gained a huge following. 

“We’ve had a really positive community response and people have been really supportie of our work,” Simon said. 

The Winter Art Lane project will be held in the ThoroughFair from 11am-4pm on Thursday, July 12. The Groove Trio will be playing throughout the afternoon and food trucks will also be present.