Whether you’re local to the region, or a brand new visitor, taking a closer look at the streets of Queanbeyan can give you a completely different perspective on the city. The community has played a vital role in revitalising the city by creating unique public art for everyone to enjoy. If you look a little closer, you’ll discover local artwork all around Queanbeyan – on benches, street signs, parks and more. This half an hour walk will introduce you to the public artwork in the heart of the city.
The tour starts from the south side of Queanbeyan’s CBD, first taking you to a range of exciting artworks displayed at the library, including sculptures and mosaics which are available for viewing during library opening hours. Next, you will arrive at one of the latest additions to local public art, the massive mural of Canberra Raiders’ coach, Ricky Stuart, painted by the talented Claire Foxton.
The following artworks are sprinkled all across the main streets of the town, primarily on Crawford Street. These include mosaic seating panels coordinated by mosaic artist Kim Grant and created by seven local community groups; the Queanbeyan Honour Walk Pavement Plaques, which honour influential local figures in the history and social development of Queanbeyan; as well as stainless steel bollards of 50 historic names from Queanbeyan’s past.
Hidden inside one of Crawford Street’s laneways is a mixed media mural created by Neil Dickinson and students from the Queanbeyan High Metals Trade School. You can also find more of Neil Dickinson’s work all throughout the CBD, including native flora and fauna stainless steel bin surrounds and steel birds on sign posts.
The final destination for your public art tour is the riverside, where you’ll find a volunteer mosaic seat by Suzie Bleach & Andy Townsend and a ‘Respect’ mosaic panel, a community project coordinated by Freya Jobbins with original artwork by Jerrabomberra Public School student Sophie McKinley.
On the other side of the river, in Ray Morton Park’s Sensory Garden, you will find accessible artwork from the wheelchair accessible Marimba, an interactive sound sculpture by Kim Bowman, to a sonic bench sound sculpture which is activated when pressure is placed on the bench seat. The park is filled with many other unique artworks, such as Jullergung Totem Poles by local Indigenous artists, a ceramic tile installation by the community, and two sculptures by Neil Dickinson, ‘Morty’ the Snail and ‘Queany’ the Platypus.
Finally, you will reach the Queens Bridge mural by Mike Shankster, which is the final stop for the public art walk tour. The mural celebrates the past and present identity of Queanbeyan and the contemporary large-scale, highly visible work supports the ongoing development of a cultural precinct in the area.