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 daily lives of residents and visitors can be enriched and enlivened through the presence of quality works of art, and that a collection of such art will attract visitors 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, who advise 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 are currently developing a Draft Public Art Strategy, to provide a vision and framework for the Council's planning and decision making in relation to commissioning and acquisition of public art, as well as its ongoing care and maintenance.
Watch this space for more details about this Strategy soon!
Public Art in private development is governed by Chapter D8 of the Byron Shire Development Control Plan 2014.
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 see the Development Control Plan.