Public art

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

Design proposals for a permanent sculpture, with a budget of $120,000, to be positioned within a suitable site at Speers Point Park have closed.

Artists and designers were invited to submit information about their art practice and appropriate experience for consideration as a two-stage commissioning process.


CREATIVE Lake is an innovative curated collection of seven sculptures and murals by nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that will 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.

More information coming soon about how to get involved!

For more information about the project, contact Debbie Abraham.

Caves Beach

To continue the showcasing of art in public places, Council will install two commissioned artworks to enrich the identity of the future Caves Beach Recreational Precinct.

Applications have closed for a sculpture commission as well as an artwork for the new amenity building gates to be installed from July 2018.

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. In early 2017, 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. Construction of the public art elements is set to start in August 2018.

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: 31 August 2018