First Coat Lockyer



First Coat Lockyer will see three large murals painted on walls in Gatton CBD over three days from 30 June to 2 July (weather permitting).

The team behind the highly successful First Coat Festival in Toowoomba will curate the Lockyer Valley's first step into a coordinated large-scale mural project.

The project has potential to increase the sense of "destination" and "place" by creating landmarks for locals and visitors alike.

Council encourages photos of the murals to be tagged #firstcoatlockyer to assist with promotion.

Mural Sites​

The three sites chosen for this year's project are:

Site 1: 54 Railway Street north wall (Gatton Real Estate)

Site 2: North Street amenities block (all outside walls)

Site 3: 115 Spencer Street (Squash Courts building - west wall, southern section only)

Project Management

First Coat has been contracted to curate project. First Coat is a Queensland-based creative initiative, that began as an annual art festival held in the city of Toowoomba in 2014. Driven by making arts and culture
accessible through the transformation of public space, First Coat has produced over 100 public art projects with Australian and International artists. In 2017, First Coat is excited to take projects into other regional areas and collaborate with communities across Australia.

First Coat Festival 2016 videos can be found on Vimeo  (link will open in a new window).


To find out more about the curator, follow these links:


Participating Artists

Bronte Naylor

Bronte Naylor is an artist whose skills span across both gallery, large-scale painting and public work. With dedication and energy, she’s been consistently honing her craft since 2010. Naylor completed her Bachelor degree in Creative Industries, majoring in Visual Art at James Cook University, Cairns in 2015. Now based in Toowoomba, Naylor continues to develop her career as a full time artist, creating from her workspace at Kontraband Studios.To find out more about Bronte, follow these links: Instagram - First Coat Festival


George Rose

George Rose is a visual artist in love with colour, typography, and finding excuses to spending most of her time outdoors, covered in paint. Her obsession with painting big walls is paired with a flair for not taking life too seriously. George exploits her design origins using process and concept development to inform her work. Her kinetic, visual vocabulary is instantly identifiable, but her work draws inspiration from the canvas’s surrounding. To find out more about George, follow this link: Instagram

 Claire Foxton

Claire Foxton is an Australian artist, muralist and designer. Her art practice explores the apex of visual design, fine art and street art through a hybrid of figurative and abstract works using traditional and improvised techniques. With a mix of self-taught and formal education Claire has established a unique style centred around photorealistic subject matter, colour, shape, form and texture. In 2016, she painted her first large scale mural triggering a love for public art, it’s accessibility, and the inevitable exchange it creates between the artist, artwork and the local community. To find out more about Claire, follow these links: Instagram - First Coat Festival

Local Artist Opportunity!

First Coat are seeking expressions of interest from Lockyer Valley artists interested in being mentored by an experienced mural artist in the First Coat Lockyer project.

Applicants should have a genuine interest in pursuing large-scale painting and be available from 30 June to 2 July. 

Applicants are not expected to have undertaken previous large-scale mural work.

The successful applicant will assist and work with a professional artist and have the opportunity to develop skills, experience and industry credibility.

Council hopes that the successful applicant will be a lead artist for similar public art projects in the future.

EOIs should include up to five images of your previous artwork and a statement about your arts practice that demonstrates artistic experience and an interest in mural painting. Send submissions to by COB Friday 23 June. 

Key Dates

First Coat Lockyer Launch

    • 5-7pm, Thursday 29 June
    • Centenary Gardens, North St, Gatton
    • Meet the artists and curator
    • Live music and entertainment
    • Food and drinks available
    • Free entry

Mural Installations

    • Friday 30 June - Sunday 2 July
    • At all three mural sites listed above
    • Come along, watch the artists in action
    • Tag your photos with #firstcoatlockyer

Artist Talk'n'Tour & Garden Party

    • Saturday 1 July
    • Centenary Gardens, North St, Gatton
    • 3-4pm, Guided Tour by curator (free)
    • Including Q&A with each artist
    • 4-5pm, Food and drinks available


The First Coat Lockyer Project commenced from an offer of local business owner, Rhonda McLucas, to host an mural on their building wall. Council extended an offer to all owners of commercial properties within Gatton CBD to host a mural. Consultation was conducted with the community to determine overall themes and ideas for mural designs. Council appreciates the interest and involvement of all who have participated in this project.

This project is made possible through the generous funding of the Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF). The RADF is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Lockyer Valley Regional Council to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland.

Owners of host buildings are contributing towards the costs of murals.

Page reviewed: 20 Jun 2017 2:55pm