Public art

Public art reflects and enhances our communities

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE, Climarte Festival 2017. Artists: Cave Urban, DVATE. Photography: p1xels. Film: Carl Allison

About public art

Public art reflects and enriches our society and adds meaning to place and uniqueness to our communities. We have a long history of supporting public art through developer contributions, private and public commissions, street art and ephemeral projects.

The public art program creates new and unique ways for people to engage in the experience of being outdoors and revitalises public spaces and the built neighbourhood.

We support all contemporary art practices of emerging and established artists through integration of works in:

  • public realm civic projects
  • programming and activation of ephemeral (temporary) projects
  • street art programs
  • developer contributions.

Public art guidelines

Public Art Guidelines2017 accessible version (DOCX 34KB)

Public Art Commissioning Guidelines accessible version (DOCX 23KB)

Public Art Developer Guidelines 2019 (PDF 1MB)

Luminous public art exhibition along Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Artists: PluginHuman, Carl Allison and Nick Kozakis, Tom Gerrard, John Fish, Elizabeth West. Photography: p1xels. Film: Visible Studios.

Artist: VEXTA, 2015. Film: James Arneman

Mural and street art

Mural and atreet art is generally temporary in nature and can enliven civic and privately owned public spaces.

Percent for art requirements

Guidelines for property developers required to incorporate public art within their development.

Matthew Harding, Opera 450 St Kilda Rd 2019. Image: Courtesy MARS Gallery

Peter Daverington mural, South Melbourne Primary School 2019

Discover public art

There are many interesting public artworks across the City of Port Phillip that you can explore.

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