Public toilet blocks transformed into works of art
amenities blocks in the northern part of the Southern Downs will be transformed
in the coming weeks by artwork. The
project is being coordinated by Warwick Art Gallery with support from Southern
Downs Regional Council with the aim to invigorate the spaces, attract visitors
and generate community pride.
many years of drought, events and tourism has kept the economy ticking and
maintained community involvement despite the hardship. The Arts is an integral
part of the tourism culture as it celebrates community identity and highlights
what makes a town or village unique.
the most practical and functional facilities can be transformed by art. The
remarkable success of the Graincorp Silo Art Trail, where public artworks have
become major tourist attractions across regional Australia, add charm to
previously overlooked spaces.
Art Gallery Director Karina Devine embraced the project by inviting Queensland
artists to submit proposals with the broad aim to improve the visual amenity
and vibrancy of parks and public spaces with artworks that are interesting, fun
was very important, when making our selections, that each of the artworks were
authentic to the artist’s practice as well as having public appeal,” said Ms Devine,
“The assessment panel and I are thrilled with the final choices we made
engaging four Southern Downs artists as well as Brisbane artists Emily Devers
and Elysha Rei, and Toowoomba artist Karri McPherson
McPherson is a contemporary painter and muralist living in Toowoomba. She is
currently undertaking a Bachelor of Creative Arts (Honours) at the University
of Southern Queensland. Karri’s explores geometric art in relation to the spatial
confinements of outdoor locations. These large-scale paintings celebrate the
power of geometric art by infusing Australian communities with the timeless
beauty of shape, form and colour. Her artworks are very site-specific,
responding to unique characters from each location – this allows each work to
celebrate a locations’ individuality by drawing on elements from the
is creating a wrap around artwork for the amenities block at Mile End Park. She commenced working on her artwork very early
on Easter Monday morning and will be working at the site until Wednesday the 24th
complete list of artists engaged for the project and locations are:
McPherson – Mile End Park, Warwick
Woods – Browns Falls Park, Killarney
Keong – Liberator Park, Leyburn
Tait – Dalrymple Creek Park, Allora
Devers – Australiana Park, Warwick
Nicholson and Malcolm Nicholson – Victoria Park, Warwick
Rei – Grafton Street, Warwick
Downs Deputy Mayor and Councillor for Finance, Governance and The Arts Jo
McNally said the project reflects the region’s passion for the arts and
Southern Downs is a progressive region, and this art project demonstrates how
we are always looking for new ways to express ourselves creatively and make our
region more vibrant,” Cr McNally said.
is proud to support this project and I can’t wait to see the finished
about each of the participating artists and the stories about their artwork are
on the Warwick Art Gallery website under “Special Projects”.
Artist Karri McPherson brought to life the public toilet block at Mile End Park in Warwick.