This article is sponsored by the Aboriginal Housing Company’s Pemulwuy Project. Authorised by Michael Mundine, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Company Limited.
REDFERN: The “Welcome to The Block” mural on Eveleigh Street has been renewed.
First painted in 1994, the mural project was funded by South Sydney Council, with the oversight of a working party which included representatives of Council, Aboriginal elders and organisations. The working party consulted widely, selected the artists and developed the design brief.
“Welcome to The Block” was designed and painted by artists Danny Eastwood and James Simon. Local residents contributed to the final product.
In February 2021 Danny Eastwood set about renewing the mural, making a few changes to the composition and colour scheme. With the help of son Jamie and his friend John, Uncle Danny completed the renewal in late March, following days of torrential rain. The new mural looks great as part of the Pemulwuy development.
The former mural features in images of Redfern residents photographed by Patricia Baillie in 2003-4 and available to view here: https://bit.ly/31N5h4r/.