I recently did a weekend trip to the Wimmera Mallee region of Victoria to do the Art Silo Trails.
Founded in 2015, Silo Art Trail is Australia’s largest outdoor gallery. The trail stretches over 200 kilometres, linking Brim with neighbouring towns Lascelles, Patchewollock, Rosebery, Rupanyup and Sheep Hills.
Providing an insight into the true spirit of the Wimmera Mallee, the trail recognises and celebrates the region’s people through a series of large-scale mural portraits painted onto grain silos, many of which date back to the 1930s.
The project saw a team of renowned artists from Australia and across the world visit the region, meet the locals and transform each grain silo into an epic work of art; each one telling a unique story about the host town.
The Silo Art Trail was conceived in 2015 after the success of the first silo artwork in Brim. What started as a small community project by the Brim Active Community Group and artist Guido van Helten resulted in widespread international media attention and an influx of visitors to the region. It was here that the idea for a trail was born.
The Silo Art Trail was created as a partnership between Yarriambiack Shire Council, international street art agency Juddy Roller, Victorian Government, Australian Government and GrainCorp, who donated the silos as canvases for the artists’ work.
Brim – Guido Van Helten
Patchewollock – Fintan Magee
Rupanyup – Julia Volchkova
Sheep Hills – Adnate
Lascelles – Rone
Rosebery – Kaff-eine
It was brilliant to be invited by the Melbourne Exotic Car Club to do a photo shoot for some of Melbourne’s high-end Exotic Cars, from raging Lamborghini’s to an exceptionally rare Mercedes AMG GTR. The shoot took place at an old disused Mill Factory in Newport, Melbourne, taking the concept of the old/new contrast to a whole new meaning.
Photographing some of Melbourne’s most desirable cars was a great honour, along with being a great thrill in itself. Whilst I was working hard, my guide dog Leo had a much easier time, simply eyeing down, trying to choose his next purchase. We were looked after on site by a good friend, as I orchestrated the cars to different spots around the Mill to get that magic shot.
Thank you to all the car owners and the management of MECC for a sensational afternoon of photographing.
If you would like to enquire on a photoshoot for your car, please do not hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
An ecstatic day for 93 Guide Dog Victoria graduates over the weekend! The largest cohort of Guide Dogs to graduate at once in the history of Guide Dogs Victoria, Leo proudly walking to receive his undergrad diploma. It has been a rough time for Leo’s guardian, Andrew, but the ever-growing bond between this loving team is one that will surely be remembered. Andrew stated with joy; “He is very lovable and always wanting to work”. The duo has been fortunate enough to feature in the Age, representing Guide Dogs Victoria, who have been by Andrew’s side for more than 10 years.
Read the article by hitting the amazing picture taken by Eddie Jim or by clicking here!
17 November 2016
The old boys health went down very quickly over the last week. Took him to the vets this morning and did an ultrasound which found cancer on his spleen and lumps on his liver. The decision was made at the vets to put him to rest.
My heart is broken.
Knowing I have done the right thing is truly the best for him.
Eamon has been one awesome epic brilliant dog and i will truely miss him.
He is in doggy heaven now where I know he will be at peace.
Eamon was a remarkable Guide Dog as he gave so much to me as I gave so much back to him.
Sleep well Eamon, my best friend.
Love you so much.
LOVE FACTOR 10…
Eamon and I did a presentation at Guide Dogs Victoria on 18 October 2016, handing over a cheque for $4,025.00, money raised from Eamon’s Soul Mates exhibition.
Dates: 20 – 25 September 2016
Soul Mates is a fund raising exhibition for Guide Dogs Victoria and is part of the 2016 Melbourne Fringe Festival. It is a thank you to Guide Dogs Victoria for giving Andrew “Eamon”, his Soul Mate from the past 10 years.
Eamon has been photographed by Andrew with famous people, such as Merv Hughes, Mike Molloy, Lady Primrose Potter, Denise Scott, Waleed Aly and Justice Michael Kirby – and these photographs make up the exhibition.
View the Melbourne Fringe Festival program web page for this event.
No Vacancy Art Gallery
34-40 Jane Bell Lane, QV, Melbourne
Opening hours: 11am – 5pm
Wednesday 21 September 6pm – 9pm
Creative Director and CEO of Melbourne Fringe Festival Simon Abrahams
CEO Karen Hayes from Guide Dogs Victoria and “Eamon”
Many thanks to Darren and CPL Digital for sponsoring the printing of the photographs. Very much appreciated from the wizards at CPL. For all your photographic printing needs.
For more information please contact the gallery on 03 9663 3795
or Andrew Follows on Mobile: 0400 862 795
Sample photographs from the exhibition
MVP Lifestyles Supercar Carwash charity fundraiser
30 August 2016
An eventful weekend at H2o Hand Carwash in Richmond had MVP Lifestyles host a charity event for The Soul Mates Project (Guide Dogs Victoria). Raising funds and getting supercar owners and the community to get together and have an awesome day.