What is public art?
  • Last updated:
  • 14 Feb 2019

Public art presents a creative or interpretive statement in a public facility or space that reflects the values and identity of the place, the artist and or the community. It's distinguished by its accessibility to be interacted with or viewed in a public place. It does not include art and design in galleries and museums.

Public art in the contemporary world is not limited to traditional forms of figurative, static, monolithic structures. Public art can be presented in many diverse forms and materials within: 

  • buildings
  • infrastructure or
  • open space

Public art can be:

  • permanent or temporary
  • external or internal
  • integrated as part of infrastructure

It may include, but is not limited by, elements that are:

  • literary
  • visual
  • acoustic
  • interactive
  • craft
  • design
  • new media

Council manages new public art projects within streetscape and park developments as well as delivering public art projects in partnerships with external organisations. Council also supports the delivery of community public art project proposals from local artists and groups.

The collection of works are maintained with the Public Art annual maintenance budget.

The Public Art Collection is guided by the Cultural Collections Policy (draft) and the following principles:

  • Excellence in project initiation, concept, design and fabrication
  • Transparent decision-making processes
  • Contribution to local community character
  • Meaningful community engagement
  • Contribution to the region's economy
  • Building the capacity of local artists and arts organisations

Why is it important?

Public art contributes to a sense of place and identity. It has the capacity to shape our community environment and be a public voice to engage in conversations which question, provoke and offer alternative voices in our culture.

Public art is accessible to all members of the community, it's free and viewable by individuals or in groups, providing accessibility that is far more inclusive than limitations imposed by paid or invitation only cultural events.