Meet St Leonard’s newest resident
By Vic Saule
The characterless buildings of St Leonards have been graced by the work of internationally recognised street artist Fintan Magee, signalling the start of the areas artistic makeover.
A three-storey high street urchin, holding a birdcage and draped in a vacuum cleaner now adorns the side of a warehouse on Atchinson Street – one of the many spaces being sold by the council to creative art organisation Brand X.
The movement to turn North Sydney into more of a creative precinct was initiated by Auswin TWT Development, also in the process of building new apartment blocks in the area.
"This is the beginning of a renaissance for this area, particularly in an economy that is returning to the butcher, baker and candlestick maker… previously, [in the north shore] it's been a scenario where you go over the bridge for your small bars and entertainment, then you can come back home to have dinner at night,” James Winter, the director of Brand X told The Sydney Morning Herald.
Brand X is behind many of the quirky art spaces spattered around Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Central Park.
The “activation” of unused spaces in a designated artist precinct owned by TWT will involve turning warehouses into artistic studios.
The spaces will be open from the 27th of November.
Fintan Magee, often referred to as an Australian Banksy, moved from Brisbane to develop his art on the streets of Sydney’s inner-west and has been creating murals around the world since 2010.
He has been commissioned to work on spaces in Copenhagen, Argentina and the USA.
Fintan hopes the project will bring together Australian contemporary and street artists, which he believes currently suffer from isolation in Sydney.
"We don't get the same mixing of artists that you would in a city like London, Berlin or even Melbourne,” said Fintan.
You can check out more of Fintan’s work on: http://www.fintanmagee.com/
Or see our recent interview with him here.