Some of the best creativity blooms through collaboration. For Sydney’s Inner West, Perfect Match will be showcasing the best of the best with a unique and bold contemporary art initiative. Returning for its second year, the project will transform the streets between the 31st of July and the 1st of August.

Featuring internationally known artists such as local hero Sid Tapia, Fintan Magee who has just returned from a residency in Mexico, artist/photographer/musician Ears, Sydney’s answer to BanksyCapiche and more, Marrickville Council is playing cupid once again through partnering the residents, property owners and artists to transform walls into works of bold and celebratory art curated by, and enjoyed with, the community.

In a positive turn of events, Marrickville Council invited local property owners to find their Perfect Match by nominating their own walls to be transformed by an artist of their choice. While the artists will commence their commissions from 20 July, the completed works will see Perfect Match celebrate 22 new works alongside a retrospective of some of the best existing street art across the inner west. Artists, Esem Projects, have also joined the program to create Proud Tower, a site-specific illumination project to celebrate the 50th Birthday of the Inner West icon, the Petersham Water Tower. The initiative is supported by Sydney Water, highlighting the history, engineering and people who built Petersham Water Tower and its importance to inner west heritage, lifestyle and the future.

From the enormous work by Birdhat to open the new Victoria and Hobbs Café in Lewisham, to Art of Wall’s playful homage to the JETS and the inner west’s mesh of sport and art, a Jumboist masterpiece at the Asylum Seekers Centre to the Camelot Lounge’s site-specific work by Hugues Sineux, Perfect Match is a celebration of collaboration, art, innovation and public places. Marrickville Council has been the leading supporter of street art in Australia for the past 20 years and is the centre of independent arts with the highest number of arts and cultural workers than any other area in NSW.

Local tours of Marrickville’s transformed spaces will also be running throughout the event and include the below tours:

Gilbert Grace of ARTcycle guide a tour through the colourful streets on wheel.

Melinda Vassallo, author of Street Art of the Inner West, will take art explorers throughout the Perfect Match transformed streets by bus.

Photographer Chris Woe will guide a walking tour with handy tips for budding photographers.

Art of Wall, Peque, Mistery, Sid Tapia, Fintan Magee, Jumboist, Nico, Claudia Rosales, Birdhat, Capiche, Mulga, Phibs, Geebs, Thomas Jackson, Ears, Numskull, Hugues Sineux, Skulk, Akisiew, Dallas Clark, Stephen Evans and Esem Projects.

‘Perfect Match’ is produced by Marrickville Council with Major Partner, Sydney Water Corporation.