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Be part of the program

Imagine your artwork reshaping city spaces

Art & About Sydney 2018/19 expressions of interest

Closes 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday 13 March 2018.

We’re looking for ideas and works to temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the City of Sydney’s local area. Successful ideas will form part of our year-long program, Art & About Sydney.

From performers dancing off high-rise buildings to giant sculptures taking over public parks. Art & About is a series of installations and events that can happen in any corner of the city, at any time.

We wish to engage, involve and inspire Sydneysiders and seek creative projects that share this aim.

This expression of interest focuses on large-scale installations and mural artworks. It’s an invitation for visual artists, curators, collectives, producers, architects, designers and anyone with a big creative idea to submit concepts.

This is an open call for proposals from local, interstate and international artists. You don’t have to be a permanent resident in Australia or Australian citizen to apply.

Review the catalogue of previous works and our current program.

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Image: Nadia Hernandez, To be free is to have no fear, Art & About Sydney, 2015. Photo: Jamie Williams

  1. Brief

    We’re looking for installations that are:

    • large-scale, from major sculptural works to street art/murals
    • temporary works presented in a public or unusual space
    • demonstrating artistic excellence
    • innovative.

    We’re particularly interested in installations/works that are:

    a. participatory and/or immersive

    b. site-specific/responsive

    c. collaborations.

  2. Exhibition dates

    Selected works will be realised between July 2018 and December 2019.

  3. Budget

    A number of projects will be supported, valued from $10,000, up to a maximum of $85,000. Budgets for the installation/work are to cover all costs for the presentation of the artwork.

  4. Project development

    If your project is shortlisted, the City may pay the artist/organisation a fee of $1,000 (plus GST if applicable) to refine the project proposal.

  5. Submission requirements

    All submissions must be made using the online form.

    • contact details
    • artist/team biographies or CVs
    • an artwork statement (200 to 250 words maximum) describing the installation/artwork concept
    • an artist’s impression/concept drawing of the proposed installation/artwork
    • an indicative budget.
  6. Evaluation

    Proposals will be evaluated according but not limited to:

    • creative approach
    • use of public/unusual space
    • calibre/experience of artist/team
    • audience engagement/experience.
  7. Timeline

    Expressions of interest open 9am (AEDT) Wednesday 17 January 2018.

    Expressions of interest close 5pm (AEDT) Tuesday 13 March 2018.

  8. Locations of works

    Art & About projects can take place anywhere in the City of Sydney’s local area. Our spaces include Hyde Park north and south, Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall, Customs House Square, Alfred Street, Wynyard Park, Queens Square, Sydney Square and Sydney Park.

    View further information about the City’s major parks and venues.

    The City is able to assist artists investigating location approvals from private property owners.

  9. Contact

    Stefanie Makaroff
    Tendering Officer
    02 9246 7623

  10. Links

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