Public art and placemaking

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

Charlestown CREATE

We are calling for expressions of interest from artists to create innovative public art pieces to be installed along Pearson Street, Charlestown.

Opportunities available:

Proposed locations:

Applications have been extended. Applications close Monday 24 June 2019.

Open Studios Tour

Lake Macquarie Open Studios Tour is an opportunity to showcase Lake Macquarie's vibrant and talented artistic community. The inaugural event will be held Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November 2019 and is open to studios in Lake Macquarie City.

The weekend will be an opportunity for attendees to meet local makers and artists, view art in progress and purchase art. If you’re interested in being involved, read through the application form and return to by Sunday 30 June 2019.

Council is proud to sponsor the Open Studios Tour through its Community Event Funding Program.

Traffic signal art project

We invited local artists to submit an expression of interest to participate in the Lake Macquarie traffic signal art project. The project is an opportunity for artists to get their art on the streets while making a valuable contribution to the community.

Artists will be adding colour to traffic signal boxes located at Belmont, Valentine, Warners Bay, Cardiff and Windale throughout 2019.

Speers Point Park art commission

A striking 12m-tall public art sculpture will soar above the Speers Point waterfront from mid-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 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

Page last updated: 06 June 2019