Rockhampton Regional Council has led a collaborative street art project that has injected colour and colonial charm to one of the CBD’s central laneways.
In September last year, Council sponsored two passionate young artists to represent the region at an exciting contemporary street art program.
Tahlia Price and Daniel Fox from Rockhampton State High School travelled to Toowoomba to attend the three day development program where they participated in workshops, tours and classes with industry professionals.
The students then brought their new skills and ideas back to the laneways of Rockhampton to take part in an exciting CBD street art project in December 2016.
They teamed up with local artist, Bill Gannon, and his assistant, Jon Watson, to create three large-scale laneway murals in East Lane, off William Street.
Division 6 Councillor Drew Wickerson, whose division incorporates the CBD, said it was so encouraging to see our creative youth expressing a great depth of talent.
“These awesome murals bring a vibrancy and texture to the CBD laneways that will transform these once under-appreciated areas into lively community spaces,” said Cr Wickerson.
“I am very excited that the incredible potential of our City Heart is being realised through amazing public art such as the East Lane murals."
Building owner and local businessman, Sokratis Kondilis, praised the art project as an encouraging step towards continued CBD Revitalisation.
“These murals are a positive step towards local and other artists working with CBD owners and contributing their ideas to the Rockhampton community,” Mr Kondilis said.
“It’s fantastic that people can walk through our laneways and start to see and enjoy local artworks, instead of blank walls.”
If you have an idea for a great arts project in the CBD or wider region and would like to learn more about funding, come along to Council’s free information session next Wednesday 18th January.
Regional Arts Development Fund Grant Information Session
When: Wednesday 18th January, 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Fitzroy Room, Rockhampton Regional Library
RSVP: click here