Projects & Collaborations
"Street Libraries are a beautiful home for books, planted in your front yard. They are accessible from the street, and are an invitation to share the joys of reading with your neighbours.
Street Libraries are a window into the mind of a community; books come and go; no-one needs to check them in or out. People can simply reach in and take what interests them; when they are done, they can return them to the Street Library network, or pass them on to friends.
If anyone has a book or two that they think others would enjoy, they can just pop it into any Street Library they happen to be walking past.
They are a symbol of trust and hope – a tiny vestibule of literary happiness."
'Spatial Radiance' is Karri McPherson's first public art installation. This artwork was possible thanks to the Creative Streets After Dark project funded by the Maitland City Council. This installation is comprised entirely of recessed aluminium LED lights and is inspired by the 20th Century Dutch art movement 'De Stijl'.
The artwork is located on Church Street in Central Maitland, and it will be on display each night from 7pm until 2023.
"Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. Reaching millions of people worldwide, more than 1,900 street pianos have been installed in over 60 cities across the globe, from Tokyo to New York, bearing the simple instruction to ‘Play Me, I’m Yours’.
Located on streets, in public parks, markets and train stations the pianos are available for everyone to play and enjoy. Play Me, I’m Yours invites the public to engage with, activate and take ownership of their urban environment, and to share their love of music and the visual arts. Decorated by local artists and community groups, our street pianos create a place for exchange and an opportunity for people to connect."
In February 2019, Australian artists Peter Osborn and Karri McPherson collaborated on a public mural in the rural Queensland town of Warwick. Although their art practices are stylistically different, this unlikely duo developed an eye-catching mural unlike any other in the local region. The pair worked simultaneously over three days to deliver an intuited artwork that showcased each individual's artistic diversity, whilst highlighting their ability to produce a single cohesive large-scale mural.
The artwork is located at the Bluebird Kitchen and Steakhouse on Palmerin Street, and is also home to another of Karri's interior murals, created in early 2020.
Thanks to the Regional Arts Development Fund for supporting this project.
"BioPak are proud to support and promote the arts community with the BioCup Art Series. Every three months we will print artwork from Australian and New Zealand artists on our 8oz, 12oz and 16oz single wall and double wall BioCups. Our curator Kate Armstrong seeks out artists who explore environmental themes at the core of their practice. Delight and engage your coffee customers with this changing series that looks at sustainability issues from what is involved in building a house, to the the beauty of Australian bush flowers or the urban environment."