Public art

Public art contributes to the urban environment, provides interest and increases the City’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit.

Developing our City’s visual identity is a major goal of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. To achieve this, Council is promoting and facilitating a diverse range of quality public art initiatives across the City.

Current and future projects

Caves Beach

To continue the showcasing of art in public places, Council is seeking design concepts for two commissioned artworks to enrich the identity of the future Caves Beach Recreational Precinct. Original ideas for a sculpture commission as well as an artwork for the new amenity building gates are invited for submission.

An information session for interested artists will be held at Council’s Administrative Centre in Speers Point on Thursday 15 February from 4- 5pm. Applications for the sculpture commission close at noon on Monday 26 February, and applications for the gate commission close at noon on Monday 26 March.

Charlestown Skate Park

This is a landmark public art project that will involve young people in local placemaking as part of a major $1.2 million skate park we are constructing at Charlestown. In early 2017, artists Saretta Fielding, David Ciani from Artscape, and UpandUp were selected to work with the local community to develop artworks for the new skate park. The project commences December 2017.

Charlestown Skate Park is the first of four new skate parks to be delivered across the City, with Morisset, Windale and Cameron Park in the pipeline.

Windale CREATE public art commission

The first of its type for Lake Macquarie, CREATE is a City-wide initiative to engage communities through meaningful artist-driven projects.

Windale is to be the first launch location for this major initiative, which has received $50,000 through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. The Windale CREATE project will provide the opportunity for five NSW Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal artists to work with the Windale community to create artworks in prominent street and recreational areas in their suburb. The project will start January 2018.

Page last updated: 22 January 2018