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The Yok and Sheryo to paint CBH Group's Albany silos

Australian/Singaporean artists The Yok and Sheryo and Western Australians Helen Ansell, Rachelle Dusting, Nick Zafir, Andrew Frazer and Glenn Hegedus have been selected for the Albany chapter of FORM’s PUBLIC Silo Trail next month.  

The PUBLIC Silo Trail is a creative project celebrating regional Western Australia. The initiative transforms country infrastructure into sites of world class mural art, with the State’s epic grain storage silos the highest profile landmarks in the series.

FORM’s Executive Director Lynda Dorrington said The Yok and Sheryo would tackle the four western facing silos at CBH Group’s grain silos at Albany Port with an ephemeral artwork standing 35 metres high, while Ansell, Dusting, Zafir, Frazer and Hegedus would create murals on ten Western Power transformer boxes throughout the Albany CBD.

“Over the past three years the PUBLIC Silo Trail has brought world class murals to grain silos, public walls and transformer boxes in country towns across the state,” Ms Dorrington said.

“Ultimately the project will create a trail drawing visitors to experience these regions. Social documentary project Homegrown Stories, unfolding alongside the trail, seeks to share the stories of these towns alongside the artworks, elevating understanding of these places and their significance to the State and promoting cultural tourism across Western Australia.”

The project, which kicks off on Saturday, 24 February with a series of murals on Western Power transformer boxes throughout the town, will also include workshops facilitated by FORM’s artists and creatives working collaboratively with youth development organisation Open Access.

The Albany silos mural, the first and only CBH port silos to be painted as part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail, will get underway during the first week of March and will be launched on Monday, 26 March.

Ms Dorrington said the internationally acclaimed artist duo had been selected from a strong pool of submissions by a panel made up of representatives from FORM, CBH Group, the City of Albany and Vancouver Arts Centre.

"The Yok and Sheryo will create an artwork celebrating Albany's marine environment in their signature contemporary style. We're excited for the community to watch this artwork unfold across the silos throughout March," Ms Dorrington said. 

The PUBLIC Silo Trail aims to highlight the contribution CBH Group and Western Power make to the lives of Western Australians.

FORM, CBH Group and Western Power are also grateful to have the support of the Australian Government through the Building Better Regions Fund, Lotterywest and the City of Albany on this project.