Two Years On The Wall


TarraWarra Estate and Union Dining reunite for Two Years On The Wall – a tasty new prize for emerging Victorian artists

Food is unquestionably one of my biggest passions, but it is certainly not the only one.  I also get quite excited by art and have been known to pick up a brush occasionally with the results (well, some of them) now proudly hanging on my wall.  A much larger wall at the rooftop bar of a favourite local haunt of mine is also home to some very special art;  a fabulous wall mural.

The art work is the result of Two Years On The Wall, the biennial art prize launched by TarraWarra Estate and Union Dining in 2012 to celebrate the work of emerging artists across Victoria.

Entries are now open for this year’s Two Years On The Wall, a $9000 art prize that also offers the winning artist two years of public exposure for his or her work on the wall of one of the popular rooftop bar, Union Terrace.

baby guerillaI was fortunate enough to be at the unveiling of the current work in 2012, and loved the passion and enthusiasm of winning street artist ‘Baby Guerilla’ and the feel the striking mural brought to the space.

Artists have until 17 August to submit a drawing, sketch or photograph of a wall mural design that captures the essence of its urban location.  The design should be created specifically for the 3m wide x 2.5m high wall in the heart of the Richmond restaurant’s rooftop terrace that will be its home for two years.

The winner will be selected by a judging panel including TarraWarra’s winemaker and General Manager Clare Halloran, Union Dining Chef Nicky Riemer and owner Adam Cash, and art gallery owner Murray White of Murray White Room.  The winning artist will be invited to paint their mural between September and October for a 12 November public launch and unveiling.

Entrants must be based in Victoria, able to complete the painting in the September-October period, and must not have exhibited before. For full entry details, terms and conditions see

The Two Years On The Wall winner will be announced online on 8 September and will take home a $9000 prize: $7500 in cash from those life-long art lovers at TarraWarra Estate in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley and a sumptuous dinner for 10 at Union Dining valued at $1500.

Union Dining’s Adam Cash said, “Nicky and I are thrilled to be collaborating with TarrraWarra again.  It is exciting to see someone else’s artistic vision realised in our space.  It’s a fascinating experience that takes me out of the role of restaurateur and puts me in touch with emerging artists.”

Clare Halloran says sponsoring the prize helps TarraWarra support young artistic talent in a practical, tangible way. “We appreciate the chance to work with Adam, Nicky and Murray to bring these artists’ dreams to life,” she said. “And it’s great to be able to display their work at Union Dining, which has become a Melbourne culinary institution.”

With my meagre talent I don’t have what it takes, but if you do, or someone you know does, then I encourage you to enter – it’s a fantastic opportunity.



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