Somerset library mural supports local arts and culture

The completed art mural on the Lonwood Customer Service Centre and Library

The completed art mural on the Lonwood Customer Service Centre and Library

An art mural on an old brick façade at Somerset Regional Council’s Lowood Customer Service Centre and Library has been brought to life with a mural that centres around the region’s rural surroundings, in particular, Twin Bridges and the Brisbane River.

The project was initiated by Somerset Regional Council and funded through the State Government’s Regional Arts Development Fund to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Caroline Smith, regional librarian believes “Mural projects are an increasingly popular form of public art that can transform outdoor spaces into public art galleries and help communities establish and celebrate a sense of place”.

Visual artist, Bronte Naylor, led the creation of the 20x5 metre mural. As part of the project, Somerset based artist, Jessica Bicknell, was mentored by Miss Naylor in preparing and putting together large-scale art murals.

Miss Naylor engaged with residents to bring her latest art creation to fruition.

“I think it’s important that the artist reflects, to the best of their ability, the community,” Miss Naylor said.

About the author

Caroline Smith is a regional librarian at Somerset Regional Council. She has worked in public libraries both overseas and within Australia for more than 20 years and has actively taken part and championed their evolution into engaged community spaces. She has the best job in Somerset working with a great library team across four branch libraries based in Esk, Kilcoy, Lowood and Toogoolawah.


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