Local artist Paul Perry has a dream to transform a plain amenity block that sits in a bustling beach area of Bargara into a mosaic wonderland, one colourful tile at a time.
After completing two sample mosaic artworks on the Archies Beach toilet block earlier this year, Paul said the next step was to gain Bundaberg Regional Council approval to finish the rest of the large block, covering 33 square metres of concrete in mosaic art.
His funding approval was granted at today's council meeting as part of a RADF grant application and now the artist's creativity can continue with the help of the rest of the community.
“This community art project will employ five local artists through its various phases as well as engage up to 100 volunteers to design and create the mosaic components and overall installation over its 10-month time-frame,” Paul said.
“The public artwork will be an amenity enhancement for a recreation area visited by an estimated 30,000 local residents and visitors each year and be a key component of the Bargara Art Trail.”
Mosaic art wall a workshop project
Paul said the design of the mosaic ‘Welcome to Archie’s Beach’ wall would be developed through workshops with local artists Adrienne Williams, Julie Hylands, Nicole Wone and Jeremy Kiraly.
“Involving at least 100 residents participating in 60 workshops over the 10-month project, this is a significant community development opportunity,” he said.
“The artwork will include themes of coastal and marine environment, turtle conservation and connection to place/country.
“It will feature and honour our local turtles (milbis) and form a key component of the Bargara Art Trail, attracting even more visitors and tourists to the area.”
Paul Perry has received $6000 for his project as part of the RADF process.
The Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF) is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Bundaberg Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.
Paul said he was over the moon that the project had been approved by Council.
“I'm absolutely thrilled that Council have come on board to support this project,” he said.
“It will be a great addition to the region and an investment to the Milbi Festival as the end product will be unveiled at next year's event- it all ties in beautifully.”
Paul said planning stages of the project would now be underway with an official launch and workshop information available in January 2020.