We are currently developing a new Public Art Policy, as our former Public Art Strategy expired in 2015. The new Policy will guide the approach we use and the partners we work with (such as developers, traders, community groups and artists) to deliver public art in Banyule. Public art can educate and enlighten us. It can illuminate an aspect of the history of a place, or it may tell us something about the use or character of an area, or express a community's future aspirations for a place.

Public art plays a significant role in engaging people in meaningful and culturally active lives and supports the delivery of the Cultural Outcomes in our Arts and Culture Strategic Plan 2017-2021:

  1. Stimulating creativity
  2. Enriching daily life through high quality artistic experiences
  3. Offering new insights, ideas and knowledge
  4. Generating a sense of belonging, identity and community
  5. Providing an appreciation for diversity and different life experiences

Our Approach

To help develop our Public Art Policy we have undertaken research and targeted community consultation including:

  • Benchmarking and sector research
  • Workshops with all relevant Council departments and staff
  • Workshops with the Banyule Art and Culture Advisory Committee
  • A public forum

Now it's your opportunity to have a say. All feedback gathered from the consultation will be used to help us shape our Public Art Policy.

What the policy will do

Our aim is to develop a policy that captures the role public art plays in achieving our five Cultural Outcomes and establishes guidelines for the creation and management of public art within Banyule.

This policy will address three key areas:

1. Commissioned works

  • Contemporary, three-dimensional, long-term artworks, with a focus on artistic excellence, that will form part of the Banyule Art Collection.
  • Cultural development projects with both temporary and long-term public art outcomes, initiated by Council or the Community.

2. Community initiated projects

  • Guidelines for Banyule's Trader Associations, Schools, Neighbourhood Houses, Community Groups and others considering art projects within the public realm.

3. Developers and City Planning

  • Guidance for Council's role in major developments and infrastructure projects that incorporate public art. This includes projects required by Council or initiated by developers.
  • Consideration of public art as part of Council's planning for open spaces, recreational and other community facilities.

Have your say

Thank you for your feedback. Your comments wiill help develop our new Draft Public Art Policy.
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