Public Art

Public Art Grant Road 1 2019 - Now Open!

Are you interested in applying for one of our Public Art Grants in 2019? If so, applications are now open and will close 12 noon on Thursday 7 February 2019. If you have any queries/comments regarding completing this application form please contact council on 8372 8888.

Public Art Fact Sheet 2019 Round 1 2019 (310 kb)

Public Art Application Form 2019 Round 1 2019(513 kb) 

What is Public Art?

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 – Building Mural Art

@elizabethclosearts and jakeholmesart.com 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 

Aiyudot Khom - Four Seasons of Play

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. 

Spring is here! 

Summer has Arrived 

Where:  APEX Park, Watahuna Avenue, Hawthorndene

James Dodd – Public Collection Drawing Device

This piece of art has been specifically chosen to engage people and places of Mitcham Council. The mobile machine with solar powered movements will invite people to come up and talk to the artists while working, and make drawings. The drawings will be collated then exhibited. It is anticipated that the drawing device will be constructed in December and consultation is scheduled for January and February 2019. The exhibition will likely be held in March 2019. More information coming soon!

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