The International Mural Fest is a truly unique art competition held annually in Sheffield – the ‘Town of Murals’, in Tasmania, Australia. Commencing Easter Sunday every year, Mural Fest is so successful that similar events are now happening interstate and overseas.
Each year, nine artists compete in a public ‘paint off’ from Easter Sunday to the following Saturday. Each artist must complete a 2100 mm x 4800 mm mural, using the same poem as their mural’s central theme and inspiration. Each year a new poem is selected, meaning no two Mural Fests are ever the same.
The competition is conducted in Mural Park – Sheffield’s very own outdoor art gallery in the heart of Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain touring region.
Mural Fest tests artistic skill, endurance and tenacity: artists are subjected to public scrutiny, time constraints and sometimes unpredictable Tasmanian weather!
At the end of the paint off week, a panel of qualified judges decides the winners in a number of categories.
Mural Fest 2020 ran from Sunday 1st November 2020 to Saturday 6th November but due to COVID-19 restrictions only local artists were able to paint in situ in the Park.
Interstate artists painted their Murals from their home States and the completed murals were then shipped to Tasmania and installed in Mural Park.
The final judging was held over till Monday 8th March 2021 at 12:00 noon, directly following the mini-mural auctions.
2020 Mural Fest Winners
The Inder Prize goes to Fereleth Lee & Alicia Swiderski for their Mural ‘The Changeover’ (Tasmania)
Judges Highly Recommended Prize goes to Gren Freeman for his Mural ‘Preservation’ (Tasmania)
Mural Fest 2020 Presentation Day
All Mural Fest 2020 Entries
2019 Mural Fest Winners
First Prize winner
Encouragement & People’s Choice Winner
Marc & Debbie Spijkerbosh