Public Art

What is Public Art?

Round 1 2019 Grants have now closed with Mitcham Art Advisory Group currently assessing applications. The next round of Public Art Grants will open in late June and close in September 2019. If you would like to be added to the distribution list please email us at

Round 1 2019 Grants were awarded to the following projects:

  1. Pipe Dreaming to be installed at the City of Mitcham Civic Centre by Project2Project
  2. Mural at the Torrens Park Pump Station by Joel Van Moore for the The Big Picture Fest.

More information about the timeline regarding installation of these projects will be advised soon.

Public art makes a significant contribution to local identity, helps create and activate vibrant public realm and assists to build a strong cultural and arts sector for the betterment of the community. Art can be seen as an expression of culture and can include traditional forms such as memorials, monuments, sculptures or murals or more contemporary forms such as sound installations, video or laser projections, text, aerosol art and street banners. It also includes functional objects such as fountains, street furniture, lighting and paving. It may be both permanent and/or temporary.

The Mitcham Art Advisory Group (MAAG) was established to review and provide recommendations to Council on significant or contentious public or community art proposals, you can view the terms of reference for MAAG by clicking here. In June 2018, the advisory group awarded art projects to be delivered in City of Mitcham with a total value of $25,000. The projects awarded are listed below.

Elizabeth Close and Jake Holmes

Hawthorn Community Centre Mural

@elizabethclosearts and completed an indigenous inspired mural on the Hawthorn Community Centre in December 2018. The water from Brownhill Creek and the natural surrounds were used as inspiration for the art piece. Hawthorn Community Centre provides the most suitable location for a mural as it nestles Brownhill Creek which has extensive cultural heritage; is surrounded by the redeveloped Soldiers Memorial Precinct and will be in view of the upgraded Mitcham Memorial Library. This mural artwork does not replace any official Kaurna art that is being determined as part of the precinct upgrades.

"This project was so organic in that Jake and I designed as we moved around the building, responding to the environment and the walls. The result, we think, lifts the entire space, and we have had so many comments from city of Mitcham residents as they’ve walked past." Elizabeth Close, Aboriginal Artist.


A fence art installation reflecting on the changing face of the Mitcham hills across a single year and on the special place that natural play settings have for younger people and their families. The winter season was erected in July 2018.

Winter Arrives
Spring is Here!
Summar has Arrived
APEX Park, Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene
Local Soul Data

James Dodd Public Collection Drawing Device

This piece of art engaged people and places of the City of Mitcham. The mobile machine with solar powered movements invited people to come up and talk to the artists while working, and make drawings. Jimmy collected Soul Data within the City of Mitcham during February and March 2019.

This project combines machines and their role in a visual arts practice with physical and cultural explorations of suburbia. James developed a couple of new machines, or drawing devices, these machines are curious objects that appear to have perhaps tumbled out of garden shed, they are used to create drawings that might be indicative or inherently connected to the public space in which they are created and that the act of using these machines is a point that is mildly performative and one at which audiences are encouraged to approach and engage with the artist.

"I have also been curious about increasing cravings for ‘data’ within local government and broader authorities. This is creeping relentlessly towards the arts – a sector that can be difficult to negotiate numerically.  So – I’m going to try and ‘count things’ as a driving pursuit within this project.  I would like to try and count the things that are tricky to count.  This will be a broad
experiment, resulting in many conversations as outcomes and, hopefully, finding
a way into drawings as outcomes".

Check out my project on Instagram - Local Soul Data