Public Art

Prospect has had many creative individuals but it became known as a creative community in 1978 with the formation of the Prospect Mural Group. This large group of volunteers, including local artist Ann Newmarch, painted seven murals around the city and was active until 1983.

In 1982 Kathie Muir was appointed Community Arts Officer to the City of Prospect; the first in South Australia. Together with Ann Newmarch as Artist in Residence, they organised 'Where We Are', the inaugural Prospect Community Art Show, in Prospect Library.

As a response to the popularity of the Community Shows and the high level of community involvement in the arts, Prospect Gallery was built in 1988.

The Prospect Mural Group and the spirit it generated virtually put Prospect on the map as a lively, artistic area with a strong sense of community involvement. Many projects and events have been developed by Prospect Council working with the community from this beginning, including Prospect Fair and the Stobie Pole Project.

City of Prospect has encouraged all forms of permanent and temporary public art since the activities of the Prospect Mural Group in the 1970s.

City of Prospect are currently installing a number of temporary public art works throughout the City's public spaces through its first ever annual artwork leasing program.

Shopping Sally and her dog Chanel   Yarnbombing at Menzies Crescent
ABOVE LEFT: This work by local artist Gerry McMahon is in front of 106 Prospect Road and has been affectionately called 'Shopping Sally and her dog Chanel'.  The work has been leased for 12 months and, if popular, may stay or move to another location.  

ABOVE RIGHT: Examples of yarnbombing that could be seen on trees at Menzies Crescent.

Sculptures

In parks, on the street, and in council buildings, sculpture is becoming more evident ranging from large, mosaic objects like 'The Stationmaster', to site specific works commissioned to enhance a new bike track for junior riders at Broadview Oval.

  • The Station Master 1992 Nortag and Maggie Savage made for Dudley Park Railway Station Civic Centre, Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Mosaic Planters 1993 Sarah Crowest Built Imagination project Prospect Road
  • Mosaic Sign 1993 Sarah Crowest Built Imagination project corner Vine Street and Prospect Road
  • The Human Rights Wall 1993 Helen E Doubell for Amnesty International Barker Gardens, Prospect Road, Prospect
  • World War 2 Memorial 1995 Leo Neuhoffer Baker Gardens, Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Cactus Iv 1999 Peter McGlinchey outside Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street, Nailsworth
  • Amen 2000 Peter McGlinchey outside Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street, Nailsworth:
  • The Bike Rider 2003 Gerry McMahon Broadview Oval, Broadview
  • Bus Stop 10 2004 Gerry McMahon, sculptor, Bohdan Dorniak, architect and Jack Briner, floor designer and painter Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Landmark Project - "Words and Places" 2009 Anton Hart - Fitzroy Terrace and Prospect Road intersection.

 

The Station Master Example Image Example Image

Above: The Station Master,
N & M Savage, 1993

Above: Mosaic Sign, Sarah Crowest, 1993

Above: The Bike Rider,
Gerry McMahon, 2003

Aerosol Arts

One lane in Prospect is the spectacular site for several walls of legal aerosol art works by anonymous street artists. These murals, begun in the early 1990s, are constantly being renewed and new ones painted.

  • Aerosol Lane 
    Honeysuckle Lane, behind Prospect Road, between Myrtle and Vine Streets: various artists
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Aerosol Lane 

Aerosol Lane

Aerosol Lane 

Stobie Poles

Prospect's nationally famous Stobie Pole Project was begun in 1983 by then Artist in Residence, Ann Newmarch, and developed by her into a community arts activity in 1986. Artists were invited to paint some poles and also engaged to work with residents. Many of the original poles remain; others have been removed to allow electric cables to be laid underground. Some significant painted poles are listed. Residents can still apply to paint their stobie pole.

  • Six Poles artists include Ann Newmarch, Anna Platten, Cath Cantlon reinstated outside Prospect Gallery, 1 Thomas Street Nailsworth
  • Two Famous Marks Ziggy Moskwa Memorial Gardens, Flora Terrace, Prospect
  • Brothers Ann Newmarch Albert Street, Prospect
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   Above: Examples of some of the Stobie Poles within Prospect  
 
Guidelines for Public Art on Stobie Poles and Walls(37 kb)
 
Application Form - Artworks on Stobie Poles and Walls(38 kb)
 
Art on Stobie Poles - Generic Letter to Neighbours -Template(12 kb)
 

Murals

The Prospect Mural Group was an active body of local artists, including Ann Newmarch, and community members. This group was driven by a strong social conscience and often incorporated this into their work through collaboration with school children and other local community groups. They independently painted  about ten murals from 1978 to 1982; the first was in a local nursing home for the residents’ enjoyment. Most of the Mural Group’s works are still standing.
 
Some of these works include:
  • South Australian Flora 1979 repainted 1999 Prospect Mural Group corner of Le Hunte Avenue and Prospect Road, Prospect
  • 100 Years Of Transportation 1979 repainted 1999 Prospect Mural Group corner of Rose Street and Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Prospect Primary School 1979 repainted 2001 Trish McLean and school children Olive Street, Prospect
  • Community House 1981 repainted 1999 Prospect Mural Group and local community corner of Marian Place and Braund Road, Prospect
  • History Of Australia 1982 repainted 1999 Prospect Mural Group Prospect Road opposite Johns Road, Prospect
  • St Helens Park Kindergarten 1982 Prospect Mural Group and local community Koonga Avenue, Prospect
  • Twilight Concerts 1998 Steve Dunn and Prospect Primary School students, Youth Week 1998 Memorial Gardens, Flora Terrace, Prospect
  • Youth Week 1999 Steve Dunn and Nailsworth Primary School students Thomas Street Centre courtyard, Thomas St, Nailsworth
  • The Future 1999 Steve Dunn and students Prospect Primary School, Braund Rd, Prospect
  • Prospect Library Book Chute 2000 Branwen Davies Thomas Street Centre, Thomas St, Nailsworth
  • Merry Go Round 2000 Steve Dunn and Prospect Kindergarten students Irish Harp Reserve, off Regency Rd, Prospect
  • Surf And Ski Shop 2001 private commission Corner Alpha and Main North Roads, Prospect
  • The Train 2002 Robert Stirling Art in the Park St Johns Wood Gardens, corner Alpha and Main North Roads, Prospect
  • Collingrove Tennis Club 2003 private commission and junior Tennis Club members Collingrove Avenue, Broadview
  • The Message Wall 2004 Kaylie Weir Art in the Park, St Helens Park, Prospect Rd, Prospect
  • Possums 2006 Robert Stirling Art in the Park adjacent to Parndo Yerta Reserve, corner Churchill Road and Elizabeth Street, Prospect


Mural painting is still active in Prospect, either through group projects or as art works by individual artists. Art in the Parkis a new initiative where an artist is commissioned to create a site specific work in a Prospect Park.

 
The Message Wall 2004 Kaylie Weir Art in the Park Example Image

The Message Wall, 2004, Kaylie Weir
Art in the Park

Surf And Ski Shop, 2001, Artist Unknown
private commission

Arts Path

Clay tiles marked by individuals and groups are dotted around Prospect. The majority of tiles were made at several Prospect Fairs by local residents; the first in 1987, at a stall set up by Prospect Rotary Club.

In 1988 the first stage of the path was opened in St Helens Park.

  • St Helens Park 1988 Individual residents and local groups , Prospect Road, Prospect
  • Federation Walk 2001 Local primary schoolchildren and residents at Prospect Fair Memorial Gardens, Flora Terrace, Prospect
  • Rose Garden Circle and Burramy 2001 Australian Natives 2002 Four panels Vaughan Green and Devi Barker Gardens Prospect Road, Prospect
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