Arts and Culture

Our vision is to recognise, encourage and develop the City’s diverse cultural life, grow our creative economy, engage and value artistic expression and to protect and promote its heritage.

Throughout January and February 2017, we asked the community to share their views on art, heritage and culture to help develop the City’s new Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. The Plan will identity the community's creative, heritage and cultural needs and develop strategies and actions. Your feedback is now being reviewed and we expect the draft Plan will be available for public comment mid June. To keep up-to-date with the project, visit

Calling all local artists for public art project

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from artists to bring their ideas to life in the form of two temporary art installations to be included as part of the 2017 Living Smart Festival.

The 2017 Living Smart Festival is held on Saturday 23 September from 8am-2pm at Speers Point Park, Lake Macquarie.

We are offering two commissions with a total budget of $4000 (plus GST) each for artist working with found objects and recycled materials to create site specific art installations.

Each installation must be based on an environment theme and reference one or more of the following subjects:

• nature (native flora/fauna of Lake Macquarie);
• waste;
• climate change;
• resource consumption; or
• new energy technology.

Each installation must use more than 90 per cent recycled or found material in construction.

An information session will be held for interested artists at Speers Point Park (meet at the stage), on Wednesday 26 July from 5-6pm.

Download the Expressions of Interest document for more information. Expressions of Interest close on Monday 31 July at noon.

Making places and spaces come alive 

This summer, we reinvented public spaces and encouraged the community to spend time outdoors, making use of the outdoor furniture and attractions popping up over the City. To see more photos and keep in-the-loop with what's happening around our City, follow us on Facebook.


Page last updated: 10 July 2017