Newcastle artist Mitch Revs helps Kotara High School mark 50th anniversary with historic mural project

Thriving Newcastle artist Mitch Revs returned to his former school Kotara High earlier this week to help it celebrate its 50th anniversary by designing and painting a mural with year 8 and 9 students. 

The school, which is in the midst of its 50th year, invited Revs back for the art initiative as a part of a series of celebrations. 

The 28-year-old, who was last week announced as one of three artists to have works featured on Vegemite jars to celebrate the spread’s 95th anniversary, has built a flourishing art career since completing his HSC at Kotara High in 2007. 

Kotara High School’s head teacher visual arts, Leanne Morton, said the school was delighted to have secured the former student to design and produce the mural with a group of about 30 students. 

“I am delighted that Mitch is working with a group of students to produce the mural,” she said before work began on Tuesday.

“He is the perfect artist to complete this work.

“I can’t wait to see the mural evolve on the wall.”

Revs was more than happy to share his passion with current students and help provide his old school with the historic piece. 

The mural is a large work spanning 6 x 2.4 metres. Its design began when Revs conducted an art workshop with the students.  They developed a series of drawings that represented what Kotara High meant to them, producing a bright and energetic image depicting different facets of the school. 

“The drawings were amazing,” Revs said. 

“I was really impressed with the ideas and the imagery they produced.”

The mural was due for completion on Wednesday after two days of painting.