Grand Central cultural wall
Community | Sep 17, 2017

Community art

Showcasing community through collaborative art

"It was decided to have women from different cultures producing artworks that could be woven together to show how Toowoomba community is a place of peace and harmony. We never imagined it would be so good or have such an impact.” 
Toowoomba Arts Council President Jennifer Wright (Summers)

Artistic expression is a powerful platform for public dialogue, fostering unity and inspiring change, playing a significant and necessary role in cultivating healthy communities.

The vibrant street art projects delivered by our assets across our portfolio are focal points for the local population, created by the community, and contributing a new sense of vitality to the spaces and places we occupy.

Grand Central honours women at work

As part of Grand Central’s $525 million transformation, the Centre partnered with female artists from Toowoomba to create a ‘Culture Wall’ on a façade along Dent Street, extending 60 metres and featuring a series of eight artworks that represent the diversity of ‘Women at Work.’ 

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The mural honours the role of women in building the community, and features contributions from women from many different cultures including Indigenous Australian, Japanese, Irish Catholic, and Afghani. It aims to reflect the growing multiculturalism in the area and draw on Toowoomba’s pride in the diverse social strands that contribute to the fabric of their contemporary community. 

A program of skills and training development for the artists has also been a key part of the initiative, with urban wall artist Cherie Lynch (aka Cherie Buttons) working with and mentoring some of the less experienced artists involved in the project.  

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Grand Central Centre Manager, Shaine Beveridge, with artists involved in the Culture Wall project (l-r) Elysha Gould Rei, Kim Walmsley, Tiffany Shafran, Helen (Fatmata) Sesay, Rahila Abdul Hadi, Megan Bartman, Mary-Kate Khoo, along with Toowoomba Arts Council President Jennifer Wright. (Absent: Joanna Kambourian and Cherie Buttons).

Hinkler Central’s Dreamtime story

Hinkler Central in regional Queensland is now home to a lively Indigenous mural that tells the Dreamtime story of the carpet snake by the Taribelang Bunda tribe.

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It’s the collaborative work of local Aboriginal artist Chern’ee Sutton in partnership with Bundaberg Police, who encouraged local children and teenagers to contribute, fostering ownership and pride in their shared space.

The mural’s symbolic use of handprints is the ultimate expression of unity, with blue representing the Bundaberg Police and the Hinkler Central team, brown representing the Taliberang Bunda elders, local youth and the Indigenous Community, and the white footprints the local youth, each walking their own separate journey until they meet and walk together. 

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“The Hinkler Dreamtime mural represents the edifying role of art, everyone united in harmony, contributing to their community and understanding their place within it,” said Police Liaison Officer Kyrra Wilson, who worked on the Hinkler Central Dreamtime mural.

The skate park mural that Canberra built

Unveiled in June 2017, Canberra Centre, in partnership with the ACT Government and ‘In The City Canberra’ delivered a community-led street art project to enliven the Cooyong Street CBD Skate Park, a popular gathering place for young people in the region.

After seeking submissions from Canberra-based artists, who were all asked to reflect the identity of the skate park and the local community in their vision for the mural, the winning piece was chosen by public vote.

Designed by local talent George Ros and Phibs, with support from Canberra Centre to bring the project to life, the result is a vivid re-imagining of the natural world, one that will resonate with youth, and create a colourful additional to the built environment. 

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Cooyong Street CBD Skate Park

Woodgrove nods to its rich farming history

In the heart of one of Melbourne’s fastest growing municipalities, Woodgrove has partnered with the local community to create a large-scale mural for the Centre’s fresh food precinct, inspired by the rich farming heritage of the region, and the Melton community’s strong connection to the land.  

Mentored by renowned Melbourne street artists Lucy Lucy and Slicer, 15 local artists worked together to create the piece which spans almost 70 metres and frames the entrance to the fresh food precinct within the Centre for everyone to enjoy. 

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Artists Lucy Lucy and Slicer at Woodgrove
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