Have Your Say on Public Art Policy

Published on 07 May 2019

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Baw Baw Shire Council is seeking community feedback to help shape its Public Art Policy.

Public art refers to any artwork which has been designed and created for people to experience in the public realm. It can include all forms of visual art, literature or performance, both permanent or temporary.

The draft policy aims to provide a clear framework for the management of future public arts in Baw Baw Shire including creation, acquisition, selection, management, maintenance and funding of public art to maximise community benefit.

There are several benefits for investing in public art, including:

  • Building community pride and identity,
  • Inspiring community and civic participation,
  • Creating a culture of inclusion,
  • Contributing to the local economy, and
  • Promoting health and wellbeing.

Once adopted, the policy will replace the existing policy endorsed in 2007.

This consultation opportunity is open until 5.00pm Monday 20 May.

For full project details or to submit your feedback please visit www.bawbawshire.vic.gov.au/HaveYourSay

Once feedback has closed, Council Officers will consolidate comments and consider all submissions to assist in making further recommendations to Council.

Enquiries can be directed to Council’s Arts, Culture and Event team on 5624 2411.

Quotes attributable to Mayor Cr Mikaela Power

“Public art has the ability to make places and spaces more vibrant and interesting. It can help us remember notable people, places and events in history. This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to voice their thoughts and opinions about the role that public art plays in our community and to help guide its future management.”

“We’d love to hear feedback from a diverse range of people and groups from our major townships to our smaller towns and rural communities.”