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Event has art spin-off
By Genevieve Cooper
There’s one Year 12 class at the
Adelaide Hills Vocational College
that the teachers have no problem
Once called Urban Art, now called
Groovin the Moo Integrated Learning,
the subject is in its third year engaging
students in the finer points of public
art and design and event management
through the annual music festival
Groovin the Moo when it comes to
For the past decade the festival has
aimed to bring top line acts to young
people in different parts of regional
Australia. Oakbank was added to the
tour in 2014 and runs on Anzac Day.
Festival organisers also engage with
youth communities at each regional
In the Hills one of those engagements
is through the college and its urban art
subject, offering students the chance
to create a large scale public mural
for the festival venue at the Oakbank
For the past two years about 30
students have been involved in the
design and creation stages of the mural
and 15 students have remained at the
festival to help out as “gofers”, setting
up tents, working in the cloak rooms
and helping with the hospitality side
of the back stage area.
Last year their mural – painted on
hesian-covered security fencing –
stretched for 100m, far exceeding the
expectations of festival organisers.
College assistant principal Karen
Horvath said the collaboration was a
“really positive program” that inspired
her students and showcased their
talents to the community.
“It’s a good chance for kids who are
really into urban art to see where they
can do their art legally because they
get a lot of positive feedback,” she said.
“One of the spin-offs is they (students)
have got legal commissions from people
for shops and businesses.
“... This is a really good example of
agencies working together and getting
different things for young people to do.
“It’s the one time we really see
kids come out with a big sense of
achievement and that people value
what they do.”
Ms Horvath said the college received
a “brief ” from festivals organisers
about the theme they wanted for their
mural a month before the Anzac Day
Students then worked through the
design process and, once their ideas
were signed off by their client, they
produced the mural.
Painting usually started a few days
before the day-long festival.
Ms Horvath said it was exciting for
the students to be working on their art
while at the same time the riggers were
busy setting up three huge stages.
This year the students have been
asked to do some of their art work
during the festival in a demonstration
“The kids love it – the fact they turn
up during their school holidays to make
this happen is pretty remarkable,” Ms
“Not only do they turn up, they turn
up early and eager to get into it.
“We use it as a group task where
beginners work alongside those who
are more expert and have been doing
this for some time.”
Artists lining up
The line-up for this year’s
Groovin the Moo festival looks
set to draw another big crowd to
the Oakbank Racecourse on the
Anzac Day public holiday.
The popular regional music
festival will feature a number of
Australian and international acts
including this year’s Hottest 100
winners The Rubens, EDM queen
Alison Wonderland, rapper Ily, Boy
& Bear, SAFIA and many more.
Tickets for the April 25 concert
went on sale yesterday.
It’s a good chance
for kids to see where
they can do their art
– Karen Horvath
By Genevieve Cooper
feature while negotiating
site of the new freeway
interchange in late
Contractors installing light
pole fittings at the junction
of the Princes Highway and
Bald Hills Road punctured a
water main in the morning
of January 19.
SA Water was contacted
damaged section of the water
main was replaced.
The water main was back
on line by mid morning the
RIGHT: A Courier reader
supplied this photograph of
a burst water main at the
intersection of the Princes
Highway and Bald Hills
Road, near the site of the new
freeway interchange currently
Light pole installers puncture water main
Adelaide Hills Vocational College student Ryan Fennell checks the design plan as he works on the Groovin the Moo mural at
last year’s event at Oakbank.
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