About Us

First Coat

First Coat is a Queensland based creative initiative, driven by making arts & culture accessible through the transformation of public space. We encourage community engagement and conversation, with a strong interest in the role public art plays in social change and urban development.

First Coat Mural Festival is an annual showcase of contemporary public art, hosted through out the city of Toowoomba. Year round, First Coat facilities murals projects across Queensland, with a passion for activating regional areas.

First Coat 2014 Official Clip 
Shot/Cut by 40/40 Creative

First Coat 2015 Official Clip. 
Shot/Cut by 40/40 Creative



Festival History

Driven by a small team of artists and advocates for change in a regional Australia, First Coat platforms the possibilities of collaboration; highlighting Queensland’s rich cultural environment.

In 2014 local creative space, Kontraband Studios partnered with Toowoomba Regional Council to present a three-day street art festival. The event left a public art legacy of 19 large-scale, outdoor murals throughout the heart of the city and provided a series of side events free for the public to attend.

First Coat Festival double it's offerings in 2015, delivering 30 large scale murals, 14 free side events, a 100m long emerging artist production showcasing 26 emerging artists’ work and offered a live music program featuring 19 acts across two stages.

The 2016 festival cemented it's ongoing partnership with Analogue Digital Agency; expanding to a ten days event which included their two-day creative symposium, The Design Conference. The extended program included two weekends of programmed events, featuring large-scale mural painting, live music performances, pop up retailers & boutique bars, night time projections, hands on creative workshops, interactive youth activities, art exhibitions & much more.

First Coat 2017 is on the horizon, with a continued link with our platinum partners, Grand Central Shopping Centre & Toowoomba Regional Council. Pulling back to a three-day event, held over the 19 -21 May, 2017, First Coat Festival is currently confirming mural locations and artists for the Toowoomba flagship event. 

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