Public Art is one way to recognise local artists and values whilst adding a new dimension to public spaces in the Shire. Council recognises that the lives of residents and visitors can be enriched by the presence of quality works of art, and that a collection art will attract people with shared values.
We receive offers of donations and loans of public art frequently and have established a Policy and the Public Art Guidelines and Criteria as a framework that clearly outlines the practical considerations for the management and selection of such artwork. The framework will ensure the distinctiveness and mix of cultural values in each of the towns, rural villages and localities is reflected by Public Art installations.
Any public art proposals and projects are viewed by Council's Public Art Panel, which advises Council on public art acquisitions and commissions.
Projects which are commissioned by Council are always advertised and an Expression of Interest is called.
Council's Public Art Policy and the Public Art Guidelines and Criteria can be downloaded from this page.
Council's Public Art Panel has developed a Public Art Strategy, to provide a vision and framework for the Council's planning and decision making in relation to the commissioning and acquisition of public art, as well as its ongoing care and maintenance.
The Strategy can be downloaded from this page.
Public Art in private development is governed by Chapter D8 of the Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014.
The chapter outlines what developments it applies to, that is, developments of a certain value and in selected zones and other criteria. The Chapter outlines the process for including public art in a new development, including submitting a Public Art Plan at the DA stage of the development. For further information about the Public Art Chapter see the Development Control Plan.