LARGE-SCALE MURALS: Guido van Helten's   work in Lismore CBD Back Alley Gallery.
LARGE-SCALE MURALS: Guido van Helten's work in Lismore CBD Back Alley Gallery. Contributed

SCU alumnus returns to guide visual arts class

INTERNATIONALLY renowned artist Guido van Helten hosted a photography workshop with Southern Cross University visual arts students at the Lismore campus on Tuesday.

The artist is an SCU alumnus, having graduated from SCU in 2008, and has become famous for creating large-scale photorealistic murals across the globe.

He has been involved in a number of projects internationally, from the 63-piece shipping container project in Dubai to the Nashville Walls project.

More recently he transformed regional Australian communities by painting murals of local people on grain silos.

The workshop was part of the university's orientation week and gave students a glimpse into Guido's unique process of incorporating photography into his figurative mural creations.

Southern Cross alumnus, Guido van Helten, gives workshop at  Lismore campus. He will create a mural on the 10-storey building at SCU's Gold Coast campus.
Southern Cross alumnus, Guido van Helten, gives workshop at Lismore campus. He will create a mural on the 10-storey building at SCU's Gold Coast campus.

The workshop is a result of Guido's next project, a landmark 10-storey mural at Southern Cross University's Gold Coast campus.

The project will take up to two weeks and is due to start March 6.

"What is most interesting about this project is reflecting people's connection with their built environment,” Guido said.

Acclaimed artist Guido Van Helten returns to Lismore's Back Alley Gallery with an immediately iconic work of art, which he painted during the 2016 Eat the Street Festival.
Acclaimed artist Guido Van Helten returns to Lismore's Back Alley Gallery with an immediately iconic work of art, which he painted during the 2016 Eat the Street Festival. Hamish Broome

"My previous work has often been on industrial sites, but in this case it's a social and very interactive modern space where people come to learn and grow.

"I have never been to the Gold Coast campus, which opened after I graduated, but I know it's been developing with great new facilities, so it will be interesting to visit and share stories about my career and bring that back to where I came from,” he said.

Southern Cross University Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said the mural project would celebrate the Gold Coast's interest in transformation and public culture.

"I am excited for the Gold Coast campus to be seen and reflected as the place it truly is, showcasing its distinctive space and culture,” ProfShoemaker said.

"To have our world- famous alumnus return for such an inspiring project will benefit us and the whole community.”


Don’t fall into tax cuts trap

Don’t fall into tax cuts trap

Don't get caught up in the excitement of tax time

The Vikings know how to make the most of winter fashion

The Vikings know how to make the most of winter fashion

There's not much time to indulge in some winter fashion in Lismore

Here's to the next 25 years of light and friendship

Here's to the next 25 years of light and friendship

Lismore attracts thousands to its lantern and friendship festival