Emerging artists making their mark on Darby Street

09 Nov 2022

The newly renovated Darby Street Headphones Courtyard will be transformed into a spectacular pavement canvas this weekend as part of a live street art event supported by City of Newcastle (CN).

Hosted by Zest Events International, the Newcastle Chalk the Walk art competition will give emerging local artists the chance to make their creative mark on Newcastle's renowned eat street precinct as part of CN's Streets as Shared Spaces trial.

It follows the hugely popular Chalk the Walk event held during CN's New Annual Festival, which saw artists create seven temporary masterpieces across the CBD and Darby Street during September.

The live competition will run from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 12 November, with participating artists in the running for cash prizes of up to $500.

Visitors are encouraged to come along and watch the artists at work in a mind-bending live art performance and become part of the illusion, posing for photos with the final artworks.

The Darby Street trial has been made possible with a $500,000 grant from the NSW Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces program (Round 2) and funding from City of Newcastle's Urban Centres Revitalisation Program.

CN is supporting a number of events along Darby Street throughout the six-month trial. Details of this competition and other upcoming events can be found at whatson

Artists interested in registering to participate in the competition should visit chalkthewalk.com