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JOY broadcasts Haring mural anniversary

JOY broadcasts Haring mural anniversary

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 28 February 2014 14:15 Written by // Michael Magnusson

Joy94.9 will be broadcasting live from a unique event marking the anniversary of the creation of a artwork in suburban Melbourne by the internationally renownwed artist Keith Haring.

In March 1984 the famous gay American artist and HIV activist Keith Haring visited Australia to produce murals in Melbourne and Sydney.  On March 6 that year he painted a mural on the wall of the Collingwood Technical College which was to become the only one of his Australian murals to survive.

Two years before his death from an AIDS related illness in 1990 Haring established a foundation which and continues his work championing of HIV awareness and provides grants to children in need and people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Now part of the new premises of Circus OZ, expert restoration was completed last year to bring the badly deteriorated mural back to its original appearance and to mark the third decade since it was created, Arts Victoria is holding a special event next Thursday, March 6, to mark the day, thirty years ago when Haring painted it.

Now one of the few remaining large-scale works by Haring in the world, the Collingwood mural has historic significance and a new documentary about Haring's visit is being released.

JOY 94.9 will be broadcasting the event from 4pm and general manager, Conrad Browne told MCV the station was honoured to be invited to broadcast from the 30th anniversary event.

“As an out and proud gay man who believed in giving open access to his art for everybody around the world, Keith Haring and the significance of this iconic Melbourne landmark fits well with the station’s mission as a community broadcaster to be an open platform for all in the LGBTIQ community and in turn give a voice to those who are not always heard in the mainstream,” Browne said.


Michael Magnusson

Michael Magnusson

Michael has written for the gay media for over a decade and has also written for a number of journals, magazines and street presses around Melbourne and websites around the world.

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