Abigail Atienza’s mural is showcased in the playground of the local school.
Abigail Atienza’s major work is guaranteed a regular audience most students could barely hope for. The third-year student of Visual Art and Design is putting the finishing touches on a mural on the wall of the Chalmers Road Public School.
Principal Wendy Milburn approached ACU’s Visual Art and Design school earlier this year, seeking expressions of interest from students to design and execute a 26-metre mural for the façade of the school in Strathfield.
A brief was developed and students made applications. Abigail was selected for the project which she used to create her self-directed studies work. She has a strong interest in painting and had previously completed her internship with the artist Johnny Romeo.
The design was developed with close input from the School, and gained final approval at the end of Semester 1. Abigail had drawn and photographed in the grounds under the principal's supervision. A full-scale 26-metre mock up sketch was then executed in ACU’s studio space.
With the help of fellow students, Abigail completed the preparation of the walls; cleaning and priming before the design could be transferred to the walls.
The mural will be finished in time for the Bachelor Visual Art and Design (BVAD) graduation exhibition on 13 November. It is a tribute to her initiative and dedication to persevere with her project that Abigail’s mural will be a highlight of the exhibition and of the primary school.
The full-scale mock up sketches are on display, with photographic documentation and directions to the actual mural.
The Office of Associate Vice-Chancellor Professor Marea Nicholson, Strathfield Council and Inspirations Paint Burwood were key sponsors of the project.