Art of the country

Waimate artist Bill Scott’s street art is a unique addition to the town that’s loved by visitors and locals alike. 


Bill has drawn from childhood and has always enjoyed being creative. His rural background encouraged the need to turn his hand to both his engineering endeavours and his love of the arts. He finds the process of larger works challenging and enjoyable.


He knows the hustle and bustle of cities, and the quiet of rural life, and reckons that living in a small community provides a measure of freedom that city-dwellers may miss.

‘Living in a small place you immediately need less, because your costs are lower, and you have more time. There’s typically plenty of work, and there’s access to the outdoors, to the mountains and lakes and the sea. It’s healthy, and it’s great for kids too.

‘People here are happy to make eye contact and have a yarn - they have time. You just don’t get the same connections in the city - the hustle and bustle, the traffic lights - it’s all too big, and too hard.’

Bill’s murals have been part of the Waimate March Hare Rally for around 30 years - he paints the artwork during the rally, and it’s raffled at the end, with the proceeds going to local charities or community groups.

You can see Bill’s work on buildings around town - look out for his favourite, of the Waimate 50, and other murals based on historic photographs, including potato harvesting and strawberry picking. The Waimate gym, at the Event Centre, has his art on the walls too; and you might see some of his work adorning farm sheds around the district.

Bill, like many Waimate people, shares a passion for small towns. He’s optimistic about the district’s future.

Projects in the pipeline include murals on Waimate’s iconic grain silos, which like all Bill’s work will pay tribute to the past, and add zest to the town’s public spaces.

Find out more and see Bill at work here.

Kate O'Connell