Public Art


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.

Public Art Strategy

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 and Development

Public Art in private development is governed by chapter D8 of the Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014 which is in the process of being reviewed.

This chapter applies to development applications for projects that have an estimated cost greater than $1,000,000; are located in selected zones; and meet criteria for a certain type of development. For further information about the current DCP Chapter see the Development Control Plan.

Have Your Say - Amendments to Byron 2014 and 2010 Development Control Plans  

Public Art

Amendments relating to the Public Art Chapters of Byron Development Control Plans (DCP) 2010 and 2014 are on display for a period of six weeks from 1 May to 14 June 2019. 

The amendments to the Public Art Chapters are a reflection of the revised Public Art Policy and new Public Art Strategy, as well as recommendations from the Public Art Panel.  Amendments proposed relate to: 

  • the definition of public art and mural
  • aims and applications of the chapters
  • assessment pathways
  • required financial value of public art
  • requirement for applicants to provide a public art plan and report.

View the draft Chapters and supporting information here.