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Newhaven Public Art Commission

Expression of Interest

Commission value - $40,000

Council is extending an invitation to suitably experienced artists to lodge an expression of interest to create a contemporary public artwork to be situated in the township of Newhaven.

The Newhaven Public Art Commission Community Working Group has determined the guiding theme for this commission to be a work of poetic intimacy and relevance that speaks directly to the local community.

The Commission Working Group have nominated the grassy foreshore reserve extending around the Yacht Club, with emphasis on the bench seating area near the intersection of Seafarers Way and Forrest Avenue as the preferred location for this Commission. Please note that the foreshore reserve extends from the bridge at Beach Crescent up to Boys Home Road.

The local community is keen to avoid work that may cause disturbance to the coastal views for both walkers and residents. Proposals for artworks that are discreet, intimate and subtle will be favoured in line with the theme of poetic intimacy and relevance to local community.

To register artists are invited to submit a portfolio of previous relevant work and a short statement of intent

The Newhaven Public Art Commission is being delivered as part of Council’s annual Public Art Program.

How to apply

You can review the Expression of Interest document and make an application via SmartyGrants below:

Submissions close on Sunday, 22 November at 11:59pm.


To register for the Community Reference Group, or to share ideas or ask any questions please contact David Burrows, Team Leader Arts and Culture by email or phoning 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.


The Newhaven Public Art Commission is scheduled for the 2020/21 Financial Year.

In line with Council's Public Art Sites and Themes Plan 2014-2024, the artwork should be site specific and represent the local area.

The project will be delivered in accordance with Council's Public Art Principles and Specifications for Public Art.