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.
The 2020 Mural Fest has been resheduled to the week starting Sunday 1st November to Saturday 6th November due to COVID-19 restrictions. This year interstate and international artists will complete their Mural in their home state and ship them to Tasmania on completion. Judging will be delayed until all Murals have been completed and installed in Mural Park.
2019 Mural Fest Winners
First Prize winner
Encouragement & People’s Choice Winner
Marc & Debbie Spijkerbosh