Toilets transformed by artworks

Artist Karri McPherson brought to life the public toilet block at Mile End Park in Warwick. (SDRC image)

Seven amenities blocks in the northern part of the Southern Downs will be transformed in the coming weeks by artwork. The project is being coordinated by the Warwick Art Gallery with support from the Southern Downs Regional Council, with the aim of invigorating the spaces, attracting visitors and generating community pride.

Warwick Art Gallery Director Karina Devine embraced the project by inviting Queensland artists to submit proposals with the broad aim to improve the visual amenity and vibrancy of parks and public spaces with artworks that are “interesting, fun and captivating”.

“It was very important when making our selections that each of the artworks were authentic to the artist’s practice as well as having public appeal,” Karina said.

“The assessment panel and I are thrilled with the final choices we made, engaging four Southern Downs artists as well as Brisbane artists Emily Devers and Elysha Rei, and Toowoomba artist Karri McPherson.

“Karri has created a wrap-around artwork for the amenities block at Mile End Park.”

The complete list of artists engaged for the project and locations are –

• Karri McPherson – Mile End Park, Warwick

• Nikki Woods – Browns Falls Park, Killarney

• Sue Keong – Liberator Park, Leyburn

• Louise Tait – Dalrymple Creek Park, Allora

• Emily Devers – Australiana Park, Warwick

• Kerry Nicholson and Malcolm Nicholson – Victoria Park, Warwick

• Elysha Rei – Grafton Street, Warwick

Information about each of the participating artists and the stories about their artwork are on the Warwick Art Gallery website under “Special Projects” at

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