Sunshine Coast Council adopted a Public Art Policy at today’s Ordinary Meeting recognising the importance of public art in the creation of vibrant and attractive public places.
Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said public art adds social and economic value to the region.
“The policy means that public art will be recognised in the initial stages of planning for the capital works program,” Cr McKay said.
“Public art can showcase the heritage, character and aspirations of the Sunshine Coast region.
“The policy reflects council’s commitment to the creation of stimulating and exciting public spaces that draw upon and enhance community identity and character.
“Delivery of the policy will include a transparent, well developed and maintained public art program, increased expression and acknowledgement of the region’s unique local communities, and development of a sustainable and strong creative industry.
“The principles in the policy provide the foundation for a dynamic public art program that will build on the Sunshine Coast’s reputation as a creative and innovative region.”
The six principles that will guide the delivery of council’s public art program into the future are;
- Excellence in project initiation, concept, design and fabrication
- Transparent decision-making processes
- Contribution to local community character
- Meaningful community engagement
- Contribution to the region’s economy, and
- Building the capacity of local artists and arts organisations.
Council’s Public Art Policy is available online via council’s website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. For more information, contact council’s Development Officer for Public Art on (07) 5441 9328.