FROM a large-scale 3D portrait to a car wash takeover and virtual reality painting, world-renowned street artists will transform the North East next weekend.
The annual Wall to Wall Festival will return to Benalla on Friday until Sunday, April 7.
Now in its fifth year, the festival has attracted more than 20 artists including its largest international contingent yet.
Featuring familiar, unknown, North East and far-flung creatives, every paint-worthy wall at Benalla will be used to create a giant open-air exhibition.
Wall to Wall Festival founder Shaun Hossack said the festival attracted had about 40,000 visitors to Benalla and surrounds last year.
"Even larger audience numbers are expected this year," he said.
"We have our largest contingent of international artists yet."
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Wall to Wall Festival-goers can follow a map of 70 murals that will be completed over three days; either up close or from a seat via a dedicated big screen.
International highlights include Greek muralist, Insane51, one of the world's most foremost 3D art talents; Los Angeles-based academic turned street artist, Lolo; self-taught French muralist Choq; Belgian-born Caratoes; and Brooklyn native, Elle, a prominent street artist whose work has been exhibited in the Saatchi Gallery in London.
Recipients of Visit Victoria's Make Your Mark in Melbourne street art prize, Akid One and Jagung, will travel from Malaysia for the festival.
The Australian talent includes Callum Preston, who is set to take over Benalla's car wash; Melbourne-based large-scale portrait artist, Danielle Weber; and Melbourne talent Kitt Bennett, a wizard of aerial perspective, who will undertake a large mural work at the Benalla skate park.
Melbourne artist Dvate will pick up where he left off last year at Goorambat, 16 kilometres away, completing his second large-scale grain silo mural in the town.
A family-friendly scavenger hunt through Benalla will allow people to discover artworks, old and new.
Designed by North East artist Zach Blake, the community paint by numbers is back by popular demand.
Other festival features are walking art tours, live talks, food trucks, bars and live music.
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