Public art

Public art is art designed for public spaces, for the enjoyment of the community.

It can be either permanent or temporary and includes things like:

  • street furniture
  • sound and light installations
  • sculptures
  • wall murals

If you have a concept for a piece of public art, this is the place to find out how you could bring your idea to life.

Complete the form below to tell us about your idea.

We have some Public Art Guidelines(PDF, 3MB) to help you.

Our role in the public art arena

We are responsible for making sure artworks are safe for our community, and fit in with our public spaces.

We need to consider the ongoing cost of managing and maintaining the artworks. We also need to identify and plan for the best locations for public art.

We also oversee and manage the process for decommissioning public artworks.

I have a site in mind for some public art, who do I need to talk to?

It will depend on where you have chosen for the artwork.

Private land - depending on the nature of the artwork, you may need to submit a development application to us. To find out if you do, contact us on (02) 7955 7777 or visit the Plan & Build section on our website.

Council owned or managed land requires an application to us using the submission form below. If you aren't sure if we own or manage the land, contact us on (02) 7955 7777 to find out.

To make a submission or find out more

Complete the submission form.

Staff meet regularly to determine applications.

For further information please contact us on (02) 7955 7777 or email council@midcoast.nsw.gov.au.

Is there anyone else I should talk to about my project?

Enjoyment of art is subjective. It's important to gain community feedback during the submission process.

Use public noticeboards, surveys and emails to community groups to contact site stakeholders. Community support assists in your submission to the Public Art Advisory Committee.

What else should I know?

  • You will need public liability insurance (up to $20 million) for installations on public land. You will need a certificate of currency to begin the project.
  • Artwork submissions for Council managed land may be affected by a Native Title claim. In this instance a Native Title assessment must be undertaken. This will affect the processing time of your submission.
  • Public art projects often have hidden costs and it is important you consider this in your budget. These may include installation materials and equipment, traffic or pedestrian management, engineers reports and maintenance.

Other things to consider

Who will own the artwork once it is completed? Refer to the public art guidelines and the Copyright Act (1968).

  • Have you considered what will happen in the event of vandalism, weather damage or other deterioration?
  • We do have the right to move or remove public artworks under certain circumstances. These can include risk to public safety, excessive maintenance or development of the site.