A group of Great Lakes artists has been awarded the contract to paint a large-scale community mural at Stockland Forster.
The collaborative design efforts of Donna Rankin and Lara Went, Forster, Nicole Bramble, Charlotte Bay and Sydney-based Shannon Crees will be featured on an 83-metre long wall behind the new Hungry Jacks building.
The group's concept was selected from 13 submissions.
Stockland Forster centre manager, Alex Walichnowski said it was tough to choose a winner as all the proposals reflected the region's natural beauty and community spirit.
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"We were overwhelmed with the number of creative and passionate entries received from the local community, and it was a really hard decision to make," Mr Walichnowski said.
"We initially shortlisted 10 works of art which were then discussed among a group of 30 local Stockland staff who managed to agree on two finalists."
We were overwhelmed with the number of creative and passionate entries received from the local community, and it was a really hard decision to make.Alex Walichnowski
For the women, who are all experienced artists with previous mural experience, the opportunity to collaborate on such a prominent artwork is one they're very much looking forward to.
"It's an honour to be working with such a highly talented team of artists and I know we are all so thrilled to be sharing our art with the greater community of Forster-Tuncurry," Mrs Rankin said.
"We feel that this mural will generate great positive energy and interest, and it's going to be exciting to watch the colour evolve.
"Stockland is to be congratulated for their initiative to further enhance our town."
Ms Crees said the mural would be "a textural tapestry, a playful journey and a delight for the eyes".
"As women, we have woven a collective narrative of the local community - for the community," she said.
"Through pattern, symbols and icons representing life in Forster and its surrounds, this dynamic and abstract artwork blends in harmony the local environment using the ocean waves to segment each artist's unique work."
Ms Went, a contemporary Worimi artist, said the unveiling of the mural would include a nod to her culture and heritage.
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"We would like to invite a local Indigenous leader who would perform ceremony as a cultural inclusion for our landscape, and also invite local Indigenous youth from our area to welcome the spirit of this work," she said.
Stockland placemaking general manager, Sarah Neilsen, said the concept allowed the company to give back to the community of Forster.
"It's important to support arts and culture where possible - especially with the challenging year we've all experienced - and so we saw this as an opportunity to engage local artists while also tastefully paying tribute to the community spirit, creativity and captivating environment in Forster," she said.
"We hope the mural will provide locals with a sense of pride and remind them of their fortune living in such a beautiful area, and visitors a taste of what Forster is all about."
The mural is expected to be completed before Christmas.
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