The Retro Lane Café Mural

The encompassing mural on the café's back walls was painted by one young person but carries the finger prints of many local young people.

The Retro Youth Committee of about 14 local young people chose and commissioned 21-year-old artist Sam Wilkinson to paint the mural inside the café in QEII Square at the rear of the LibraryMuseum.

Mural at youth cafe

The committee, Mayor Kevin Mack and Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (ADFAS) Murray River were impressed when they inspected the mural during painting (above).

Cr Mack said: “It’s great to see the youth café take shape but to have it decorated with artwork by a young person who was selected by a committee of wonderful local young people is even better.”

Retro Youth Committee member Milla Reid said the group loved the mural because it was “welcoming and inclusive”.

“We gave the artist an outline of what we were looking for, he had his own take and we really like it so far,” she said.

The mural project was jointly supported by AlburyCity and ADFAS Murray River.

ADFAS Murray River vice-president Tony Keys said the group was happy, through its Young Arts program, to support work by a young artist in an important place in Albury and was excited to support the youth committee on this project.

“Public art is a great means of expression for young people,” he said.

Group inspects the youth café mural

Retro Youth Committee members, artist Sam Wilkinson, Mayor Kevin Mack and ADFAS Murray River's Tony Keys and David Martin