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Street artist Rone transforms abandoned Alphington home into gallery

Ian Royall, July 19, 2017 6:44PM Herald Sun

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Rone in the painted house. Picture: David Caird media_cameraRone in the painted house. Picture: David Caird

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AN abandoned house at the former Amcor paper mill site at Alphington has been converted* into a temporary art gallery.

Melbourne street artist Rone has painted images on the walls of the old weatherboard cottage and added retro furniture with the help of an interior stylist.

The condemned* home is the only one left on the site, which is being turned into a new housing estate for up to 5000 people by developer Glenvill.

The house will remain until the end of the month, when it and the artwork will be demolished forever.

The kitchen painted blue. Picture: David Caird media_cameraThe kitchen painted blue. Picture: David Caird

“The concept of creating something beautiful within the context of decay* and decline is central

to the experience of any street artist,” Rone said.

“The idea that whatever you create might be gone the next day.”

The Omega Project features a series of Rone’s signature “Jane Doe’’ portraits on each of the home’s walls.

This latest project comes after Rone secretly created five large-scale artworks inside the machine rooms of the old paper mills on the site, only to see them destroyed in March.

“Things are at their most beautiful when they are fragile,’’ he said.

Art explorer Sarah Darmody sits at the kitchen table. Picture: David Caird media_cameraArt explorer Sarah Darmody sits at the kitchen table. Picture: David Caird

Rone and interior stylist Carly Spooner recreated* a typical mid-century Australian interior landscape, including a boxy wood-grained TV.

”These are things that I think a lot of us grew up with. It’s not what you think of as classic Australiana, but it feels instantly recognisable as Australian,’’ she said.

The Omega Project will be open from Saturday July 22 until July 30, noon to 5pm daily.

Rone with his latest canvas. Picture: David Caird media_cameraRone with his latest canvas. Picture: David Caird

However, the exact location of the house is being kept a secret until the night before opening. For more details visit Rone’s website:


condemned: decided it will be destroyed

decay: fall apart

recreated: made again



Activity 1.
In the story you read that Rone and Carly Spooner have installed an older style TV for the Omega Project. They did this to create a nostalgic feeling, specifically for people who grew up in the 1950s.

Imagine that Rone has asked you to design an object for this room for people your age.

Design the space and write sentences to explain why you chose this object.


Design a temporary art gallery for a building in your school. Decide on a theme or an idea for your gallery. Choose one room and create a plan or drawings of what you would include and how you would decorate your space.

Time: allow 80 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: Visual Arts

Activity 2.
Imagine that you work for Glenhill, the owner of the site where the Omega Project is being held.
Kids News are interviewing you for this story and the journalist has asked why your building company helping with this project.

How do you respond?


Omega is a letter in the Ancient Greek alphabet.
Why do you think this was chosen as the name for the gallery?

Use your ideas to design a logo for the exhibition.
Do some research to help develop your ideas.

Time: allow 85 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Visual Communication Design​, Critical and Creative Thinking


(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers and Punctuation)

Art attack

Chose one of the pictures from the article to describe in detail.
Think about the colours and textures, the style of art and what mood it portrays.
Use high level descriptive vocabulary to really paint a picture with your words.

Time: allow 15 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum Links: English, Big Write and VCOP







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