Public art contributes to the urban environment, provides interest and increases the City’s attractiveness as a place to live, work and visit.
Developing our City’s visual identity is a major goal of the Arts, Heritage and Cultural Plan 2017-2027. To achieve this, Council is promoting and facilitating a diverse range of quality public art initiatives across the City.
Current and future projects
Speers Point Park art commission
A striking 12m-tall public art sculpture will soar above the Speers Point waterfront from early 2019 to celebrate Lake Macquarie and its significance to the community. The $150,000 commission, to be known as Chimera, will comprise a stainless steel tower topped with a wind vane in the form of a stylised vessel and three sails.
The Chimera design, by award-winning Sydney artists Susan Milne and Greg Stonehouse, was selected via an expression of interest process in 2018.
CREATIVE Lake is an innovative curated collection of seven sculptures and murals by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that adorn the Lake foreshore from Belmont to Toronto.
Windale CREATE public art commissions
An exciting new artist-led community public art project is underway for Windale's shopping precinct at the corner of Lake and South Streets.
The selected participating artists are: John Cliff, Saretta Fielding, Joanna O’Toole and Warwick O’Toole, working with community engagement professionals Creative Ingredient.
The first of its type for Lake Macquarie, CREATE is a City-wide initiative to engage communities through meaningful artist-driven projects.
Windale is to be the first location for this major initiative, which has received $50,000 through the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund. The Windale CREATE project will provide the opportunity for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal artists to work with the Windale community to create artworks in the shopping precinct that reflect place, stories, history and future aspirations.
To continue the showcasing of art in public places, Council will install two commissioned artworks (a sculpture commission and amenity building gates) to enrich the identity of the future Caves Beach Recreational Precinct in 2019.
Charlestown Skate Park
This is a landmark public art project that will involve young people in local placemaking as part of a major $1.2 million skate park we are constructing at Charlestown. Artists Saretta Fielding, David Ciani from Artscape, and UpandUp were selected to work with the local community to develop artworks for the new skate park.
Charlestown Skate Park is the first of four new skate parks to be delivered across the City, with Morisset, Windale and Croudace Bay in the pipeline.
Page last updated: 09 January 2019