STYLE: Mik Shida, seen here finishing the Mort St mural, is a heavyweight of Australia’s burgeoning street art scene.
STYLE: Mik Shida, seen here finishing the Mort St mural, is a heavyweight of Australia’s burgeoning street art scene. Contributed

Polish artist returns to city with large-scale mural

A POLISH artist has returned to Toowoomba for a large-scale mural production.

Mik Shida, a heavyweight of Australia's burgeoning street art scene, is famous for his dynamic murals which are monumental in scale and spread across the globe.

His most recent production is at 15 Mort St.

The work joins two murals from First Coat at 290 Ruthven St and 501 Ruthven St, at Ground Up Espresso.

Local creative hub and founders of the First Coat Festival, Kontraband Studios, hosted the artist for another creative project.

Festival coordinator Grace Dewar said it was exciting to have Toowoomba included as a place to visit for travelling artists.

"The festival is leaving a public art legacy in the Toowoomba CBD and we're so humbled by the support from our local community and also across Australia."

Toowoomba is home to one of Australia's largest outdoor galleries, soon to be bigger with the First Coat festival returning in May 2016.

Murals can be found in laneways and across multi-storey buildings throughout the city.

"Our main drive is to make arts and culture accessible," Ms Dewar said.

"We want to celebrate Toowoomba as a creative city and provide a platform for artists' expression.

"The initiative is boosting tourism and changing the face of the city."

She said the mural was well-timed amid a recent Toowoomba region rebrand.

"It's clear that Kontraband Studios have some bold ambitions."

Kontraband Studios is encouraging city businesses to get in touch now to be involved for First Coat 2016.


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