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

Speers Point Park - EoI now open

We are seeking design proposals for a permanent sculpture to be positioned within a suitable site at Speers Point Park.

Council is offering one commission with a budget of $120,000 AUS (GST exclusive).

Artists and designers are invited to submit information about their art practice and appropriate experience for consideration as a two-stage commissioning process.

Initial applications close on Friday 13 April 2018 at 4pm.


Creative Lake Initiative - EoI now open

We are calling for submissions for the inaugural Creative Lake Initiative at Lake Macquarie, for three contemporary artworks to be positioned along the foreshore shared pathway from Valentine to Toronto in Lake Macquarie from 22 June 2018.

There are three acquisition amounts ($50,000 AUD) available to national and international artist/teams.

Submissions close on Friday 13 April 2018 at 4pm.


Windale CREATE public art commissions - EoI now open

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.

There are 4 opportunities available. Creative Facilitator $3,000, $8,000 small commission, $12,000 medium commission and $20,000 large commission.

Applications for the Creative Facilitator close at noon, Tuesday 24 April 2018.

Applications for the small, medium and large commissions close at noon, Friday 4 May.


Caves Beach

To continue the showcasing of art in public places, Council will install two commissioned artworks to enrich the identity of the future Caves Beach Recreational Precinct.

Applications closed for a sculpture commission as well as an artwork for the new amenity building gates to be installed July 2018.


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. Construction set to start in August 2018..

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.

Page last updated: 29 March 2018