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We are excited to share with you the Public Art Strategy!

The City’s first Public Art Strategy formally recognises the large role public art plays in achieving our community’s desire for a “vibrant, safe, creative and inclusive” city.

We have tried to create a strategy that is not only reflective of the people and places but one that is ambitious for our creative future.


Council has now endorsed the Public Art Strategy, thank you for all of the creative contributions.

Explore

Take a look at some of the fabulous public art around the City or take a stroll along the Lake Illawarra Art Trail or find out about local heritage trails around the area, download the Tread Shellharbour App.

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Public Art around the Civic Centre

Our approach

You may have shared your ideas and feedback on this page or participated by dropping into the ‘Creative Mixer’ at the Shellharbour Village Exhibition Space or the ‘Ideas Lounge’ at the Civic Centre. The outcomes of each of these activities helped to shape the vision for public art in the City, provided insight into potential locations and also uncovered creative priorities.

Shellharbour City Council values the positive impact of creativity on our city and recognises that art and culture are an expression of the region’s identity. We are committed to ensuring that art is an everyday experience for residents and visitors and to creating unique opportunities for artists.

Through this strategy we will build upon the existing public art collection, ensure that newly acquired artworks are of high quality and that the collection is well maintained while exploring new opportunities for art in public spaces.

This document aims to provide a bold vision for the future of Shellharbour’s public art program.

The need to develop this strategy was identified as a key action within the arts and cultural development strategy Make, Play Grow: a strategy for a more creative Shellharbour. The development of the Public Art Strategy was informed with significant community engagement and I would like to thank all who have contributed to this document throughout the process, helping us plan for a more vibrant and creative City.


Past feedback

Informal Feedback

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What makes Shellharbour unique?

To ensure that public art responds to place, we would like to gather your ideas and feedback on what makes Shellharbour unique to you!

14 July, 2019

KathyGolab says:

“Nature in the shoreline, harbour, beaches, rural environment, remaining bushland. A low key tourist approach. A quiet pocket of peace.”

12 July, 2019

Roger Crawford says:

“The new Lifeguard tower at Warilla beach needs to be covered with art. could we have fewer whales and pelicans? Sea dragon perhaps? ”

2 July, 2019

Rach says:

“It WAS a little secret, glorious rolling hills of greenery and beaches. Then in came all the housing developments. Thank god for Blackbutt R”

27 May, 2019

mirko says:

“History Aboriginal reference Natural environment Community friendly Characters ”

22 May, 2019

S says:

“Ocean, lake and escarpment - urban and rural”

What is your vision for Public Art in Shellharbour?

3 August, 2019

Kristy blackburn says:

“Mural on the new Warilla surf life saving tower.”

25 July, 2019

KJ70 says:

“Hold wonderwalls in the shellharbour area next year. More art/play zones for kids and adults so we can all play and enjoy together”

15 July, 2019

John Davey says:

“Without a panel of Council AND Community Reps discussing Public Art, it's a bureaucratic decision where "we talk and you decide". Engagement”

12 July, 2019

Todd says:

“Legal graffiti walls and aerosol installations by local artists. It would brighten the Shellharbour region and bring the community together.”

11 July, 2019

Liz says:

“Ocean themed murals in Shellharbour Village eg Roo Theatre wall facing Wentworth St.”

11 July, 2019

FLC says:

“Please don't do murals. Particularly in the village it will change the village image”

2 July, 2019

Rach says:

“Natural materials please. There is so much concrete everywhere as it is. Lets live sustainably and in harmony with nature.”

22 May, 2019

S says:

“Temporary public art installations - pop up around the city or as part of a festival!”

22 April, 2019

S says:

“Continue art trail -windang bridge past school s include boonerah point then to skiway park then to central park, oak flats art all along ”

22 April, 2019

Shirley says:

“Outdoor history walls around Shellharbour Village, showcasing the area's rich heritage through themed/timeline photo montages.”

6 April, 2019

Kristal says:

“Urban Art- Ajay”

Feedback has now closed

We are looking at all of the feedback received and how it can inform and shape the future Public Art Strategy.
What are the key factors in successful public art installation?

Choose your top 3

What approaches to public art would you like to see?

Please rank in order of preference, your top 3.

First priority
Second priority
Third priority
Integrated into the built form
Functional artwork - eg. seating, shelters, signage etc
Landmark, iconic
Pedestrian-scale, unexpected
Urban art, murals
Short term installations and interventions
Long term installations and interventions
Interactive and responsive, eg. light, sound and projection
Which places are best suited to Public Art?
You have 255 characters left.

The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

Public Art should be.........

1 April, 2019

Banjbop says:

“funny AND awesome”

28 March, 2019

JamieDawson says:

“Surprising. Inspirational. Reflective of place”

26 March, 2019

J says:

“Interactive. Well placed ie, well thought out location. Maintained.”

19 March, 2019

CarolG says:

“Surprising, interactive and not mainstream”

Which of these artworks are your favourites?

Closed
This survey has now closed, but there will be other opportunities to comment on this page. In order to understand your aspirations and what visually appeals to our community, we have randomly selected a broad range of public art images from around the world (the images are indicative only). What are your top 5?
Your remaining points:
1 pts

Colour hexagon tiles

Interactive

  6 Likes (4%)
1 pts

Talking tubes

Interactive

  3 Likes (2%)
1 pts

Bronze ducks

Sculptural & interactive

  19 Likes (12%)
1 pts

Net colourful floating form

Sculptural

  14 Likes (9%)
1 pts

Light sculpture

Sculptural

  17 Likes (10%)
1 pts

Light disc

Interactive

  25 Likes (15%)
1 pts

Mosaic stairs

Interactive

  16 Likes (10%)
0 pts

Reverse graffiti

Temporary

  7 Likes (4%)
1 pts

Solar LED Floor

Temporary

  7 Likes (4%)
1 pts

Floating duck

Temporary

  3 Likes (2%)
1 pts

Water tank mural

Temporary

  9 Likes (6%)
1 pts

Trans Am Totem

Installation

  7 Likes (4%)
1 pts

LA Metro, Suzanne Adelman

Installation

  1 Likes (1%)
1 pts

Fogotten Songs

Installation

  5 Likes (3%)
1 pts

Instersteller

Sculptural

  2 Likes (1%)
1 pts

Between Two Worlds

Temporary

  7 Likes (4%)
1 pts

Dunes

Interactive

  14 Likes (9%)