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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

Art In Public Spaces 2018 Rounds:

Round 1:
Applications Open: 1-31 March 2018
Program Delivery: May 2018
Focus: Collaborative projects between artists and local organisations / groups / businesses

Round 2:
Applications Open: 1-31 July 2018
Program Delivery: September 2018
Focus: Collaborative projects between artists and local organisations / groups / businesses 

Grant applications for Round 2 have now Closed.

If you have any questions please contact Hannes Berger (Arts & Cultural Development Officer) on 9457 9913. 


We are pleased to announce the successful projects for Round 1 in 2018:

Electric Marsupials - by Wonda Ball

20 May - 11 June
St Pius X Community Environmental Park
431 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West 3081

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Twenty 'Electric Marsupials' created by Wonda Ball from bits & pieces junk collected in her local bush park, along with abandoned street & hard rubbish, will inhabit this Community Garden in Heidelberg West.
Local schools, kindergartens, aged care & community organisations have been invited to visit the park over the coming weeks to identify, hunt for and enjoy these awareness raising creative creatures.
Exhibition launch and artist workshop (Make your own Marsupial!) - Sunday 20 May, Midday - 1.00pm.


I Love 3081 Bag Project - by Maude Farrugia

Friday 1 June - 10am - 4pm
Shop 48, The Harmony Centre
Bell Street Mall, Heidelberg West 3081

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Join local designer Maude Farrugia and the Heidelberg West Boomerang Bag collective for a sewing bee to create some custom 3081 'Boomerang Bags' for the local 3081 community.
Maude has created bespoke designs of some of the traders in the Bell Street Mall, which will be turned into bags and free to 'borrow & bring back' when shopping in the Mall, reducing plastic waste & celebrating our diverse community.
Free event, everybody welcome.


Previous Art In Public Spaces projects 

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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 & Avis Gardner | Olympic Village Tee Pees               Briony Galligan | Phantosmia | Old Heidelberg Cemetery