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Be part of the program

Imagine your artwork reshaping city spaces

Art & About Sydney 2020 program

Enter now!

We’re currently looking for big ideas that will temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the City of Sydney local area. View a map (PDF 1MB)

We’re seeking creative projects that engage, surprise, delight and inspire Sydneysiders.

Ideas and proposals from all art disciplines are welcome. With a focus on art in unusual places, our year-long calendar of projects is part of realising the City of Sydney’s Cultural Policy and Action Plan.

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

  1. Brief

    We’re looking for projects that:

    • are temporary works presented in a public or unusual space
    • demonstrate artistic excellence
    • are original and forward thinking
    • involve or engage an audience in its development / presentation or both.
  2. Exhibition dates

    Selected works will be realised between January 2020 and December 2020.

  3. Budget

    We’ll select and support a number of projects valued between $40,000 and $85,000 each. Budgets for the project are to cover all costs for the presentation of the artwork.

  4. Submission requirements

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

    1. Contact details
    2. Artist/s team bio or CVs
    3. Artwork statement describing the project concept.
    4. Conceptual visuals of the project.
    5. An indicative budget.

    Please ensure that all uploaded files are clearly labelled with your name. 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/s/team
    • audience engagement/experience.
  6. Timeline

    Stage 1: Expressions of interest open Tuesday 15 January 2019 and close midnight, Sydney time Sunday 24 February 2019

    Stage 2: Shortlisted project proposals due May 2019

    Stage 3: Selected artists notified June 2019

  7. Locations of works

    Projects can take place anywhere within the City of Sydney local area. View a map (PDF 1MB)

    We’re happy to work with you to investigate securing location approvals from private property owners.

  8. Contact

    If you have any queries, please email us.

    Please note that only written enquiries can be addressed for legal reasons.

  9. Links

    City of Sydney

    City of Sydney cultural policy

Apply now