Artists and art lovers can now read and provide feedback on a discussion paper as Council continues its community consultation on the development of a Public Art Master Plan.
The discussion paper is being released ahead of the finalisation of the Bundaberg Region Public Art Master Plan to provide further community feedback on its direction.
Arts, Culture and Events portfolio spokesperson Cr John Learmonth said Council undertook community consultation throughout 2021 and 2022 to inform the discussion paper.
“We have been so fortunate to receive a broad range of enthusiastic support and feedback throughout this process from not just the local arts community but the wider region,” Cr Learmonth said.
“During the workshops our community has made it clear that they recognise the value of public art.
“The discussion paper provides an insight into Council’s early interpretation of that feedback and its incorporation into a formal master plan.
“Once adopted, the master plan will document and analyse the region’s existing public art collection, determine the regional demand for investment in public art and recommend potential themes as well as the process by which applications would be assessed and approved for entry into Council’s public art collection.
“That’s why it’s vitally important we get this right in the first instance, so I would encourage everyone to take the time to review the discussion paper and provide any feedback.”
The Bundaberg Region Public Art Master Plan discussion paper and survey is available on the project page here, or at any Council Service Centre.
Public art decision making
Once the Public Art Master Plan is formally adopted, Council will introduce a formal decision making process to assess public art submissions.
Submissions will need to meet a range of criteria before going to a Council meeting for ratification before any public art can enter Council’s collection, including:
- Artistic merit
- Contribution to a vibrant public realm
- Local relevance
- Maintenance and conservation requirements
- Strategies and objectives
For more information and to read the discussion paper in full, click here.
Consultation on the Public Art Master Plan discussion paper closes 5pm Monday 20 February.