Street Art Program - Expressions of Interest

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Hobsons Bay City Council Street Art Program

Expressions of Interest CLOSE 10pm Sunday 24 March 2019

As identified in the Hobsons Bay Public Art Strategy 2016 -20, Hobsons Bay City Council supports the commissioning of both permanent and temporary public artworks.  

Over the next two years, Council is commissioning new temporary public artworks across a number of sites.

Artists are requested to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) on how their work (if selected) will respond to local themes; these can include First Nations people and culture, our diverse multicultural communities, unique open space and coastal environment, biodiversity, birdlife and habitat, local industries and heritage.

The method for commissioning the Street Art Program follows the principles as required by Council in its Public Art Policy for site specific work. 

Council’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Portfolio Advisory Committee (PAC) will have a role in determining the selected artists that Council will work with in developing new works for the most suitable sites.

Successful artists will be notified via email by April 12 2019.

After this time they will meet with Council’s Arts and Culture team and discuss site and design options.

How to submit

  • Images - Submit 1 PDF portfolio of 3-6 images of previous commissioned artworks including 'scale', 'commissioner' and 'location'. If the works are a collaboration please identify the artists involved and what role you played.

  • Statement of Intent – 300 words maximum, including the themes you wish to explore to develop a new work.

  • Artist statement – 300 words maximum, summary in support of your artistic work to give the PAC an understanding of the context and basis of your work.

Final design ideas are not required at this stage of the process.

Selected artists will be required to enter a contractual agreement with Hobsons Bay City Council and to ensure the works meet OHS and Work Safe standards.

It is estimated that a budget of between $6,000 – $12,000 will be available for each site depending on costs, scale, and methodology. The budget will be negotiated separately with each artist or artist team.

Council’s Arts and Culture team will work directly with the artists and other stakeholders to ensure successful delivery of the artwork.

Street art works that form part of the current Hobsons Bay collection include, Soot Sand Steam, Newport (2018) Dr Seuss, Vernon Street, South Kingsville (2016) Coal is History at Harrington Square (2017) and the Brooklyn Laneway Mural, painted with the community in Cypress Ave Brooklyn (2018).

For more information on Hobsons Bay City Council’s Public Art Strategy and Policy. Please visit


Image: Soot Steam Salt Sand by Tony Mead