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Be part of the program

Imagine your artwork reshaping city spaces

Art & About Sydney 2021 and beyond

Apply now!

We’re seeking audacious and stirring murals and visual art installations that will engage, surprise and delight Sydneysiders.

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

This is an open call for proposals from Sydney-based artists.

  1. Brief

    We’re looking for projects that:

    • inject joy, wonder and intrigue into our suburbs
    • demonstrate artistic excellence
    • are original and forward thinking
    • are collaborative
  2. Exhibition dates

    Selected works will be realised from July 2021 to June 2022.

  3. Budget

    Individuals and collectives can apply for up to $50,000 per project. Major cultural organisations can apply for up to $85,000. Budgets for the project are to cover all costs for the presentation of the artwork.

  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
    2. CVs/bios of all team members
    3. Detailed project description
    4. Conceptual visuals of the project
    5. An indicative production budget

    Please ensure that all uploaded files are clearly labelled with your name. The maximum file size for each is 5MB.

  5. 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.
  6. Timeline

    Stage 1: Applications close 5pm, Friday 19 February 2021

    Stage 2: Shortlisted project proposals due April 2021

    Stage 3: Selected artists notified June 2021

  7. Location

    We’re looking for works for our suburbs - not the city centre. It isn’t imperative to find and secure a location before lodging an application. We’re happy to work with you to find a suitable location and gain the necessary approvals from property owners.

  8. Contact

    If you have any queries, please email us.

    Only written enquiries can be addressed for legal reasons.

  9. Links

    City of Sydney

    City of Sydney cultural policy

  10. Bonus points!

    Are you on a GreenPower based electricity plan at home or work? If so, high five you! Tell us about it in your application.

    The City of Sydney is 100% renewable. And we’ve taken a no single-use plastics pledge. We encourage artists to consider the environmental impact of their proposed project.

Apply now

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