A new Ballarat art trail is celebrating the magic of the festive season.
The City of Ballarat has commissioned five local artists to each create a unique artwork for the Christmas Art Trail.
From 1 December, follow the trail through the Ballarat CBD, snap a selfie with Santa, pat the reindeer or stand under the mistletoe.
And don’t forget to take a photo and share your festive experience on social media with the hashtag #christmasinballarat
Artist: Lucy Frith
Location: Doveton Street South (next to Target)
Lucy Frith is an illustrator based in Ballarat and loves to create illustrations inspired by mid-century illustration and design, bright colours, and playful lettering. She loves to use illustration to communicate messages of positivity and empowerment for social and environmental brands.
Lucy’s artwork is inspired by the rush of excitement we experience on Christmas Day – when morning has broken and we’re all excited to see what Santa Claus has left us under the tree.
Artist: Sally Gregory
Location: Armstrong Street South (next to Myer)
Sally Gregory is an illustrator and teacher who lives in Buninyong with her husband and two young children. She loves children’s picture story illustrations and uses watercolour to create playful, charming, and expressive characters. Sally’s inspiration comes from everyday moments and the beautiful places she has lived, especially here in Ballarat.
Her artwork is inspired by the idea that all big things comes from small beginnings – as with our most beloved little reindeer.
Artist: Caroline Keys
Location: Town Hall Lane (side of Ballarat Town Hall)
From the time she could hold a crayon, Caroline Keys has only ever wanted to be an artist. She feels incredibly lucky to spend her days immersed in audiobooks and all things paint, pencils and ink in her studio at home, where she mostly illustrates books for children.
Selfie with Santa is a fantasy trompe l’oeil window on the side of the Town Hall that takes advantage of the existing stonework. It gives people the opportunity to pose with an Santa who is being photobombed by one of his cheeky elves!
Artist: Dillon Naylor
Location: Grenville Street (Bridge Mall)
Dillon Naylor has been writing and illustrating comics, books and graphic novels for over 30 years, including contributions to MAD and K-Zone magazines. He has also worked as a toy designer and teacher.
His artwork Sundee Arvo is a nostalgic window into a Ballarat Christmas of the past, that can be used to contrast against today.
Artist: Tegan Crosbie
Location: Coliseum Walk (Bridge Mall)
Tegan Crosbie is a local Ballarat artist and earring designer. Her work is inspired by the colour and flora, with the intention to bring a sense of joy to the viewer.
This artwork was designed to be an interactive piece inviting participants to ‘share a kiss under the mistletoe’ which hangs within a hand-drawn wreath of traditional Christmas foliage. It was inspired by the tradition of hanging a wreath on the front door to welcome the spirit of Christmas.
So come to the Ballarat CBD for the festive spirit and stay for the delicious food and great shopping.
To view the full program of events, visit christmasinballarat.com.au