BreakAway Art has designed and painted evocative murals in consultation with many schools (throughout the shires of Byron, Lismore, Ballina and Tweed), NGOs such as the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) and job service providers (NORTEC) and the David Wirrpanda Foundation in West Australia. Sam also welcomes private commissions.
The vivid, eye-catching scenes take cheerless spaces and turn them into colourful learning panoramas that boost knowledge of and pride in culture, ecology and humanity. The creative thinking process is inclusive of all stakeholders and participants and often involves some of society’s most disadvantaged people in their creation. The experience bridges cultural gaps and brings a degree of healing.
Project examples include the RFDS commissioned program Clean Slate in Aurukun, Cape York that turned defaced airport buildings into welcoming scenes of totem birds in country, working alongside patients of the Wellbeing Centre. Also, NORTEC/Tweed Shire Council’s Treasures of the Tweed levee wall mural working alongside long-term unemployed clients of NORTEC.
The murals are usually completed in a few days and their long-lasting value is priceless. Sam works with ecolour exterior quality paints that are low VOC and safe to handle and breathe.