NSW Public Art Toolkit provides best practice guidance

A comprehensive toolkit providing best practice guidance for public art is now available. Designed for government agencies and local councils commissioning public art, the Public Art Toolkit outlines best practice in policy, commissioning, construction, and engagement with artists.

The user-friendly, interactive guide is illustrated with case studies and includes expert specialist information, with quick reference links to each step from planning, commissioning, implementing, and maintaining public art throughout its lifespan.

The toolkit also identifies the vital contribution and involvement of Aboriginal communities in the development of public art on Aboriginal land, outlining five key principles for engagement.

Create NSW Interim Chief Executive, Annette Pitman said the toolkit will help NSW lead the way in public art commissions, ensuring best practice principles can be applied to produce successful, high-quality projects, particularly Aboriginal public art projects.

“Public art makes art part of the everyday, accessible to all. By creating a meaningful focal point in public spaces, public art helps build community connection to places, and contributes many positive social, cultural and environmental impacts,” Ms Pitman said.

“Equipped with this new toolkit, NSW and local government agencies can have greater confidence to create a lasting legacy of valuable public art,” Ms Pitman said.

The information provided will also be useful for private developers and artists working with public art.

Download the toolkit 

Image: Interloop,  Chris Fox, 2017, Wynyard Station, Sydney. Photography: Josh Raymond