Public Art

Memento public art sculpture on the Byron Arts and Industrial-Estate artist Andy MacPherson

Public art is a visible way to celebrate our creative community. 

Public art and creative activations include:

  • digital, temporary or permanent artworks.
  • performances, mini festivals, installations.
  • workshops or creative activations that reimagine or transform public spaces.

Public art is an important part of our master-planning projects. The community may also propose or start a public art project. It may also come as a result of a development under the Development Control Plan.

We often receive offers of donations and loans of public art. Our Policy and Public Art Guidelines outline how we review these applications.

Public Art Guidelines(PDF, 347KB)

Arts and Creative Industry Advisory Committee

We have an Arts and Creative Industry Advisory Committee that:

  • Reviews public art proposals.
  • Advises Council on public art acquisitions and commissions.

This group used to be the Public Art Panel. 

Projects commissioned by us are always advertised through an Expression of Interest.

Public Art Strategy

Our Public Art Panel has developed a Public Art Strategy. This Strategy helps us to plan and make decisions about Public art we commission or acquire. 

Download the Public Art Strategy(PDF, 8MB)

Public Art and Development

Chapter D8 of the Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014 outlines the rules about Public Art in private development. 

It provides information about the:

  • Type of development.
  • Process for including public art in a new development.
  • Submitting a Public Art Plan in a Development Application. 

For more information about the Public Art Chapter see Development Control Plan 2014

Creative Public Spaces Small Grants

Up to $5,000 is available for temporary art projects in Byron Shire. Visit the Creative Public Spaces Small Grants webpage to learn more.