Since 2015 some spectacular large-scale artworks have revitalised small, drought-stricken rural communities across Australia. While street art’s domain is typically the laneways and brick buildings of the city, it is the towering grain silos of Australia’s wheat-growing regions that have brought street art to the country. Painted by renowned street artists, these incredible painted silos have become landmarks in their own right, attracting increasing numbers of visitors and putting their tiny towns on the national and international map.

This stamp issue, designed by Janet Boschen Design, features photographs of four painted silos in rural Australia. Learn more about the artworks and artists featured on the stamps in our blog article.

Products released in this issue

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)
  • Stamp pack
  • Maxicards
  • Booklets of 10 x $1 (self-adhesive)
  • Booklet collection
  • Prestige booklet

Technical specifications

Issue date
21 May 2018
Issue withdrawal date
30 November 2018
4 x $1
Stamp design
Janet Boschen, Boschen Design
Product design
Janet Boschen, Boschen Design
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phosphor
Paper - self-adhesive
Securepost MC90
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
37.5mm x 26mm
Minisheet size
135mm x 80mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Golden Grove SA 5125
FDI withdrawal date
19 June 2018

Stamps in this issue

$1 Guido van Helten, Brim, VIC

The first of the six silo projects that now comprise Victoria’s 200 kilometre Wimmera–Mallee Silo Art Trail was painted at Brim. Brisbane artist Guido van Helten completed the monochrome mural depicting four Brim farmers, in early 2016.

The stamp photograph is from Round 3 Creative.

$1 Drapl and The Zookeeper, Thallon, QLD

Queensland’s first silo murals, in the South West town of Thallon, were painted in 2017 by Brisbane artists Drapl and The Zookeeper. The Watering Hole shows local imagery that includes the Moonie River.The stamp photograph is by Damien Morgan.

$1 Amok Island, Ravensthorpe, WA

In Western Australia, FORM’s PUBLIC Silo Trail includes the silos at Ravensthorpe in the southern Goldfields–Esperance region. Six Stages of Banksia baxteri, based on the area’s unique flora and fauna, was painted by Fremantle-based Amok Island in 2016.

The stamp photograph is by Bewley Shaylor, courtesy of FORM.

$1 Heesco Khosnaran, Weethalle, NSW

The first art silos in New South Wales were painted in 2017, in the Central West town of Weethalle. Melbourne artist Heesco Khosnaran’s monumental mural of a shearer and wheat farmer is a celebration of the town’s agricultural history.

The stamp photograph is by Delta Charlie Images.

This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.