Public Art is Coming to Charlton

Publish Date: 9 October 2019

Stage 1 of the Charlton Arts Trail will be implemented in November of this year with public art spaces to be activated.

The public art project known as ‘Three walls’, was identified as one of the 13 projects to be completed as part of the $1 million in funding received under the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Programme.

Charlton community members have been working on developing a broader Charlton Arts Trail for some time, which included the ‘Three walls’ project, as part of a vision to increase tourism activity. The community aims to provide more opportunities for a socially inclusive environment through visual art.  

Council has worked closely with community representatives to deliver ‘Three walls’, providing assistance through project management, with guidance from a small community working group.  The group, which included representatives from Charlton Neighbourhood House, Charlton Forum, Charlton Arts and a member of the community, teamed up with Council to commission Bendigo-based curator and artist Reece Hendy, also known ‘Nacho Station’ to realise the ‘Three walls’ project.

The project will include three murals in Charlton, painted by three different artists, with a live installation taking place over the weekend of 22-24 November 2019. In complement to the ‘OK Motels’ event, the weekend will showcase a vibrant and active Charlton community.

Other supporting activities include Street Art workshops, an artist’s Q&A and an exhibition at the Court House Gallery.  As part of the commission, Nacho Station’s Reece Hendy will be engaging a local artist to paint one of the three walls, with Expressions of Interest opening this Friday 11 October 2019.  Local artists within a 120km radius are encouraged to make submissions, and can do so by visiting


Community consultation will also open this Friday 11 October 2019, allowing community members to submit ideas and contribute to the overall vision of the project.  Community members can complete an online form at, or pick up a submission form at the Charlton Neighbourhood House.

Buloke Shire Council Mayor, Cr Carolyn Stewart, is excited to see the first stage of the Charlton Arts Trail begin and acknowledges the cooperation of local business owners in making wall space available.

“The Charlton community have been very active in the arts and culture space. In particular, their work in pulling together a number of ideas to form the broader ‘Charlton Arts Trail’ project, as well as working with Regional Arts Victoria to build upon those ideas”, she said.

“Council are very pleased to have the opportunity to support one aspect of their vision, being the ‘Three walls’ project, through the funding received under the Drought Communities Programme”.

Reece Hendy from Nacho Station will be in attendance at the Gala Opening of the Rotary Arts Show in Charlton this Friday night to meet some of the local community. 

More information on the weekend, including installation and supporting activities to come.

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