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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 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.

Council receives offers of donations and loans of public art frequently and has established a Policy and the Public Art Guidelines and Criteria as a framework that clearly outlines the practical considerations for the menagement and selection of such artwork. The framework will ensure the distinctveness and mix of cultural values in each of the towns, rural villages and localities is reflected by Public Art installations.

Council has a very small public art budget, so does not commission large works. However if a need arises for an artwork installation, commission projects are advertised and an Expression of Interest is called.

Please find on the right hand side of this page the following downloads:

  • Public Art Policy
  • Public Art Guidelines and Criteria

Public Art and Development

Chapter 8 of the Byron Shire Development Control Plan is on Public Art. This Chapter of the DCP applies to Development Applications for projects that have an estimated cost greater than $1,000,000, are located on certain types of zoned land and meet criteria for a certain type of development. For further information about public art in development, please refer to this webpage.

Public Art in Byron Shire Council Chambers

Public Art Small Grants Program

In 2015, Council ran its first Public Art Small Grants Program. The program will be advertised annually and provides small grants of up to $500 per project to deliver against one of the public art priorities listed below. The grants are available to fund small public art projects within the Byron Shire and projects that can can show collaboration and partnerships are highly regarded.

Public Art Priorities:

  • projects that reflect the community core values and enable visitors to easily interpret the message.
  • Projects that are educational, meaningful and easthetically stimulating.
  • Projects that combat graffiti in areas where graffiti is an ongoing problem.
  • Projects that support local creative industries.
  • Projects that:
    • respect and enhance the identity and sense of place,
    • reflect the cultural diversity of the community,
    • repects the history of the place and community, and
    • recognises Aboriginal cultural heritage.

A sample of recent artwork donations

'Fishtales' on the Torakina Toilet Block in Brunswick Heads

Judy Cassab painting, displayed in Byron Bay Library, donated in 2015

Mickey Kay Totem Pole in Railway Park, Byron Bay donated in 2014