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PIAF Connect

Inking the Skin with Albany Artist, Chad Marwick

Friday 29 January 2016

  • Interview

Albany local, Chad Marwick, is the urban artist for Inking the Skin, part of The Snake Run Project, which celebrates one of the world’s oldest skate parks. Chad took some time out to chat with us about his involvement in the Great Southern Festival.

What is Inking the Skin?

Inking the Skin is an event that recognises one of the oldest, most well-loved and highly respected skate parks on the planet. 

Tell us a little about the workshops and your experience working with the community?

I've been involved with a lot of community art projects in Albany and Denmark. I’ve also been a resident artist at Open Access Youth Arts Studio in Albany for a number of years.

The Inking of the Skin workshops have been very productive. Those involved have created their design and cut it into a stencil. We've collected approximately 160 stencils to be ‘inked’ onto the scales of the large snake that's painted draping over the track. Working on this project with the community has been great, especially hearing others’ experiences of skating or riding here. Everyone is quite excited about the event and the history of the place.

What is The Snake Run Project and what can we expect at this event?

The Snake Run Project is a way for people to get together and have some fun, share stories and see and hear a variety of pretty cool entertainment. As far as expectations go … I think you could expect a slam or two!

What does the Snake Run mean to you?

To me, the track has a history of fun. My mates and I learnt how to skate on that beast. I've met a lot of people at that place and we've all acquired bruises, scabs, scars or broken bones. Even some long-term friends. I've seen it close to demolition and also during the fencing era, when they tried to make people pay. From what I've read and heard, it is the oldest free-to-use skate park in the world and has been from construction, right up to that little glitch with the fencing, and hopefully always will be.

What does it mean to you as a local artist to be a part of the Great Southern Festival?

I think it's a great opportunity to represent a space that has had such a large influence on others and also my own life. I'm quite stoked to be invited to participate.

The Snake Run Project
A PIAF commission as part of the Great Southern Festival
The Snake Run, Albany
Saturday 13 February, 6.30pm