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Art in Public Spaces

Banyule's bi-annual program of ephemeral artworks in public spaces

This program aims to invigorate Banyule’s public spaces, encourages people to experience the arts in unexpected places and to think about the city differently.

Each year we seek to support small, new and original, site-specific art projects. Works are one-off, ephemeral art experiences delivered in a public space within Banyule – a shopping strip, car park, laneway, swimming pool, local park or even a bus stop – it might be anywhere, as long as it's creative. It may be contemporary performance, visual art, digital-media, writing or a combination of art forms. We look for work that is engaging, accessible and invites contemplation. Grants of $1,000 per project are offered in each round.

 Projects address the themes of the Pinpoint Program:

Projects are assessed and selected on criteria such as:

  • Clarity of concept
  • Relationship to site/location
  • Exploration of themes
  • Collaborative opportunities
  • Innovation & creativity
  • Capacity to deliver

New Event- Art in Public Spaces information and morning tea

If you are interested in, or thinking about applying for our Pinpoint Art in Public Spaces program we’d like to invite you to an event at Hatch Contemporary Art Space on Saturday July 6 from 10.30-12.30. This will be an informal gathering with an opportunity to hear from previous successful applicants. For more information and to book your place please visit the Pinpoint Events Page here.

Art In Public Spaces 2019 Rounds

Round 1

Applications Open: 1 - 31 March 2019
Program Delivery: May 2019
Focus: Collaborative projects that foster partnerships within the community

Round 2

Applications Open: 1 - 31 July 2019
Program Delivery: September 2019
Focus: Collaborative projects that foster partnerships within the community

If you have any questions please contact Nikki Ralston (Arts & Cultural Development Officer) on 9457 9878.  

Successful Projects in 2018

Solitary Sound Walks: Wilson Reserve - by Jessica Pinney

1 - 30 September
Chelsworth Park / Wilsons Reserve
Irvine Road, Ivanhoe 3079 

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A self-guided sound walk, through park and bushland, asking participants to consider their impact on the environment and its non-human inhabitants. Using the map and guide provided onsite, walkers go on a reflective journey through the landscape and soundscape of these parks, and are encouraged to contemplate their active place within these ecosystems.

Cultivating Tastes - by Jiann Hughes

10 - 24 September                  Greensborough - Greensborough Walk (outside Watermarc)
24 September - 4 October      Heidelberg - Fred Lasslett Reserve (cnr Yarra & Mount Streets)
4 - 14 October                         Heidelberg West - Shop 48, Bell Street Mall

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Acknowledging four of Banyule’s less prominent, but steadily growing cultural communities – Iranian, Malaysian, Somali and Vietnamese – this work celebrates cuisine that has traversed continents. Seeking out ancient stories from across the globe, recipes have been compiled, flavoursome plants cultivated, and suitcases fecund with plants that season each dish are installed in the public domain – pinpointing the provenance of the corresponding recipe and exploring issues of food sovereignty.
(Many thanks to Farideh and Hedi Azadi, Dr Tien Huynh, Hamdi Ibrahim, and Margaret Ong at Passage Through Malaysia Restaurant in Greensborough)

Making Mosaics in Macleod - by Amanda Tattam

Saturday 6 October - Workshop (Installation remains until end of October)
Macleod  Community Hall, Macleod Park
7 Birdwood Avenue, Macleod

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Have you always wanted to try mosaics but never had the chance? Transforming chipped, broken precious plates, vases or other special items into something of lasting beauty. This fun, free workshop - in the Picassiette style of Mosaic art - is a day of creativity and coming together for the local community. Participants create mosaics to take home but also contribute to this larger communal work that will remain on display in Macleod Park until the end of October.Places are limited, so please register online at or call Amanda on 0413 997 467


Previous Art In Public Spaces projects 

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Wonda Ball | Electric Marsupials   | Heidelberg West                  Maude Farrugia | I Love 3081 Bag Project   | Heidelberg West

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Jasmin Corbett Connect | Warringal Parklands                         Genevieve Thornton | Transpire  | Warringal Parklands

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Fiona Haas  If Urban Rivers Were Drinkable | Plenty River        Jessie Stanley Dust to Dust | Greensborough Walk

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Jacqui Lewis Flow | Greensborough Walk                                 Alice Bennett & Felicity Gordon | Sound Tree | Watsonia Library

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Liz Walker and Avis Gardner | Olympic Village Tee Pees           Briony Galligan | Phantosmia | Old Heidelberg Cemetery