Internationally renowned artist Lucas Grogan paints his last signature mural in Rockhampton before he leaves to live and work in Europe. Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin
Internationally renowned artist Lucas Grogan paints his last signature mural in Rockhampton before he leaves to live and work in Europe. Photo Christine McKee / The Morning Bulletin Christine Mckee

Council criticised over hire out-of-town talent for mural

DESPITE the buzz and anticipation around Rockhampton's growing arts scene, Council's regional promotions manager Sarah Reeves said there had been some negativity around paying an out-of-region artist to paint the Quay Lane mural - especially in a city bursting with local talent.

The criticism isn't stemming from the arts community itself, which understands the bigger picture and has relished the opportunity to work alongside Lucas Grogan. They realise his mural is only the beginning of Rockhampton's laneway dream.

Ms Reeves says Rockhampton is a city working towards a stronger economy, and becoming a better place to live.

"There is a need for us all to collaborate and stay focused on the bigger picture," she said. "People may not always agree on the details, but everyone has different tastes and a different perspective to bring to the table - and that is a good thing.

"If we want a more compelling visitor and lifestyle experience, then we need to utilise local talent and those known further afield."

Ms Reeves said the council commissioned Lucas Grogan for the same reason food and wine events had celebrity chefs, music festivals brought in international acts and event organisers scrambled to secure big names.



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