Public Art Week, 29 April to 7 May

As the City of Melville embarks on a new Public Art Strategy for the future, residents are encouraged to explore the City’s collection of public artworks and participate in a community survey during Public Art Week from Saturday, 29 April to Sunday, 7 May 2017.

City of Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said Public Art Week aimed to raise awareness of the City’s collection of art in public spaces and inspire the community to take part in a short online survey which would help inform the future direction of public art in the City. 
 
“Public art is a key aspect of further developing the cultural vitality of Melville, not only does it enhance our public spaces and contribute to a sense of place, it celebrates and recognises our cultural identity,” Mayor Aubrey said.  
 
“The City is currently developing a new Public Art Strategy and Masterplan to provide a vision, a set of objectives and an action plan for public art in the City and we want to hear from you.
 
“Help us plan for a more vibrant and creative Melville by sharing your thoughts on what makes good public art at www.melvillecity.com.au/publicart.
 
“We are encouraging our residents to get inspired by exploring the City’s collection of over 80 artworks installed in public spaces across the city. These range from large landmark sculptures, murals and mosaics adorning buildings and paths, to small-scale surprises in playgrounds and bushland reserves. 
 
“Artworks around the City will be identified with a colourful sign during Public Art Week and there are some ‘arty’ prizes to be won for the best photos shared on social media so don’t forget to post your favourites and use the hashtags #publicartmelville and #melvillecity.”
 
In addition to the City’s permanent collection of public artworks, look out for artist April Pine’s temporary installation of bright yellow human figures (and pet dog) popping up at a City of Melville venue near you.  
 
The community survey will close on Saturday, 13 May and prizes for the best photos of public artworks will be announced the following week.
 
For more information about the Public Art Strategy and a map of artwork locations visit www.melvillecity.com.au/publicart.