Contemporary public art can transform our streets, buildings, parklands and the fabric of our city. It can enhance a city’s identity and contribute to the cultural life and the liveability of a city. Public access to art is increasingly important in place making, an approach of creating public spaces that brings people together, reflects communities and builds a strong sense of local place and identity.
The best form of contemporary and public art is artistically excellent, is created for the people and space in which it is located and encourages discussion and new perspectives. Wyndham’s Public Art & Collections Policy aspires to deliver dynamic contemporary public art to its diverse communities in a creative celebration of place, culture and environment.
This policy provides a strategic and sustainable framework for Public Art & Collections in Wyndham. Some key principles that inform the policy are:
- It enables best practice in acquiring, commissioning and managing contemporary public art programs and public collections
- It is benchmarked against public art policies and programs that speak to Wyndham City’s future state
- It considers emerging trends in contemporary art which signal that the boundaries between artforms and what is public will continue to shift and converge
This policy will be implemented through innovative and thought-provoking programs and projects with outcomes across three key areas:
- Public Collections (including Public Art) that are acquired, commissioned and maintained by Council
- Public Art activity and commissions that are permanent, temporary and ephemeral
- Public Art Commissions & Acquisitions by developers and the private sector for public spaces