Gulargambone, NSW, Window Way project helps beautify CBD

A small rural town in central west, NSW is quickly becoming an artistic hub thanks to various projects that have not only helped put it on the map, but have beautified its CBD.

Last year Gulargambone, approximately 100 kilometres north of Dubbo, was the centre of a sculpture project when artist Brian Campbell installed his life-sized works.

A few months later the community held a four-day street art festival called 'Pave The Way To Gular', where ten renowned artists flew in and worked to create murals on the town's water-tower, walls and footpaths, transforming the town and drawing huge crowds.

The work has continued in 2019, thanks to a main street beautification project called 'Window Way 2828'.

Currently undertaken by the Gulargambone Community Enterprises Co-Operative, the project is helping to enhance run-down, empty shops on Bourbah street, to make them attractive, purposeful and drive traffic into the CBD.

Project Manager Eliza Walters said these projects help bring a great vibe to town, provide a talking point and help attract tourists.

"Art in all its forms can be a very successful promotional tool," she said.

"Gular is starting to be put on the map with its quirky and colourful stuff...."

The 'Window Way 2820' project not only involves renovating the facades of the shopfronts but putting in window installations created by five local artists.

These artists include Alison Dent, Sam Wykes, Brian Campbell, Anna Kaineder and Ana Robson creating a mix of metal and wire sculptures, delicate paper works and ceramics.

The shops have also received a bold new colour-scheme; think pops of mint green, bubble gum pink and salmon orange.

Ms Walters said as soon as the colours went on the buildings people were stopping to take photos.

Local builders, volunteers, workers, businesses, community members have all been involved in the project.

Ms Walters said having locals involved in the project gives them a sense of ownership and helps boost morale.

The town will host a launch party to celebrate the renovated buildings on July 13 from 11am to 4pm in Bourbah Street with the official opening to be held at 1pm.

There will be market stalls, live music and workshops.