The Water Mural is a community art project by the Two Rivers Arts Council in partnership with The Gunnedah Pottery Club.
Max Powell and Bronwyn McKean, public artists based in Glen Innes, created the design after extensive community consultation.
The ceramic tiles were made by hand by Gunnedah community artists and the creation of the work was guided by the skills and experience of the Gunnedah Pottery Club, in particular:
- Francis Thomas
- Pat Tobin
- Pam Thomas
- Anne Pickett
- Marea Norman
- Louise Baker
The Water Mural forms part of a broader Sculpture Court project conducted by the Two Rivers Arts Council and supervised by Jill Watkins (TRAC president, 1996 – 2005). The Australia Council funded the community consultation process from 2001 to 2003 by Max Powell and Bronwyn McKean.
The Red River Gum ceramic work (rear wall of the Mooki Room) was also completed as part of the Sculpture Court project. The leaves were decorated by over 300 school children and the ceramic leaves fired by The Gunnedah Pottery Club. Bronze leaves were forged at Uralla Foundry. The Red River Gum was installed in 2003.
The next stage of the Sculpture Court project, The Rainbow Serpent Water Feature, inspired by the drawings of Gunnedah artist Ellen Draper, is well underway. The mosaic work has been completed by Aboriginal women artists and the fountain will be installed as The Civic Centre's Master Plan is implemented.