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Be part of the program

Imagine your artwork reshaping city spaces

Art & About Sydney 2022 and beyond

We’re seeking audacious and stirring artworks that will engage, surprise and delight.

The works will be free for the public and able to be viewed night and day.

Ideas and proposals involving all art disciplines are welcome.

With a focus on the city centre including Chinatown, villages and retail precincts, the year-long calendar of projects is part of realising the our Community Recovery Plan and the Cultural Policy and Action Plan.

First Nations artists are encouraged to apply.

  1. Brief

    We’re looking for projects that:

    • will be presented in the City’s local area
    • demonstrate artistic excellence
    • are innovative
    • create unique experiences through unexpected collaborations
    • are actively engaged in the City of Sydney’s post Covid-19 recovery through the City’s Community Recovery Plan
  2. Exhibition dates

    Selected works will be realised from July 2022 to June 2023.

  3. Budget

    Artists can apply for up to $85,000 per project. Budgets for the project are to cover all costs for the presentation of the artwork.

    The budget submitted to deliver the project must represent the total cost. Please include venue hire fees, DA fees and/or any licences, permits or other approvals where applicable.

    The budget must include measures to ensure safety of the audience and all personnel and contractors engaged by the artist.

  4. Application requirements

    All applications must be made through the online form. Emailed applications won’t be accepted. To complete the form, the following are required:

    1. artist/team contact details (indicate project leader for comms)
    2. artist/team’s bio or CVs
    3. artwork statement (200 to 250 words max) describing the artwork concept
    4. artist’s impression/concept drawings/production images of the proposed artwork
    5. an indicative production budget

    Please ensure that all files are clearly labelled with the applicant’s name. The maximum file size for each file is 5MB.

  5. Evaluation

    Proposals will be evaluated according but not limited to:

    • creative approach
    • use of selected space
    • calibre and experience of the artist/team
    • likely quality of audience experience
    • feasibility and risk of the project

    We’ll undertake a two-stage submission process to select the successful projects

    Stage one – initial concept

    Stage One is an open call for proposals from artists and collectives to submit a proposal for a temporary artwork.

    Stage two – concept development

    If shortlisted, the City’s selection panel will invite shortlisted artists/collectives to submit a detailed proposal.

    Covid-19

    If engaged, you’ll be required to develop, submit and implement a Covid-19 safety plan using an approved NSW Health template.

  6. Timeline

    Stage 1: Applications close 5pm, Monday 7 February 2022

    Stage 2: Shortlisted project proposals due April 2022

    Stage 3: Selected artists notified May 2022

  7. Location

    Art & About Sydney projects must take place within the City of Sydney local area.

    Find a map of the City’s local area and obtain further information about the City’s major parks and venues.

  8. Contact

    If you have any queries, please email us.

    Only written enquiries can be addressed for legal reasons.

  9. Links

    Art & About Terms and Conditions

    City of Sydney website

    City of Sydney cultural policy

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