Opportunity to design furniture for revitalised Pearson St Mall

Published on 11 December 2019

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An artist will have the opportunity to have their work feature in the heart of Charlestown as Lake Macquarie City Council seeks expressions of interest for creative furniture designs for a new-look Pearson Street Mall.

Council’s Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said this exciting opportunity will allow an artist to collaborate with Council officers to design and deliver three pieces of interactive street furniture.

“These will function as both interactive artworks and functional furniture and will form part of an art trail from Pearson Street Mall through to Charlestown Skate Park,” Ms Hemsley said. 

“We want to see creative designs that have visual impact, are engaging to children and serve a functional purpose as furniture.”

Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser said Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall will undergo a dramatic transformation in 2020.

“This underutilised area will become an active and creative space where people come to eat, meet, work and play,” Cr Fraser said.

The Mall upgrade is expected to start in the first half of 2020 and include new landscaping, Wi-Fi, a suite of environmental sensors and provision for food trucks and market stalls.

Artists are invited to submit up to three designs in response to the brief. A selection panel will evaluate the submissions against a set of criteria including originality, relevance to the proposed location and ability to articulate a sense of place and community identity.

The successful applicant will receive $45,000 to design and fabricate the three artworks. Council will install the works as part of the mall upgrade.

To submit an expression of interest, visit lakemac.com.au.

To find out more about the planned works for Charlestown’s Pearson Street Mall, go to shape.lakemac.com.au/CHIP.