Mural on Simmons Street Pump Station, painted in 2022

Arts & Culture

Calling all artists: public art project opportunities open

Published: 03 Mar 2023 2:52pm

Are you an experienced artist? We'd love to hear from you

Artists are encouraged to express their interest in designing and producing public art projects throughout laneways in Mount Austin, on the walls of the Humula Bush Fire Brigade Shed and within the Wollundry Lagoon cultural precinct as part of the 2023 Festival of W.

Public Art Opportunities

Cultural Officer Lauren Reynolds said any eligible artist or arts collective is encouraged to submit a proposal.

“The three Council funded public art opportunities aim to celebrate the diversity of our local community's spirit, stories and sense of place, while also engaging local communities to participate in programs that have creative outcomes, improve our public amenities, and beautify our urban spaces,” Ms Reynolds said.

Two teenagers painting mural on pump station
MOSAIC OF SELFIES: Participants in the Jeff McCann Bolton Park Pump Station mural workshop in 2022. Photo by Tayla Martin Photography.

The first public art project involves collaborating with students at Mount Austin High School for the development, design and production of creative treatments throughout laneways in Mount Austin.

“By partnering with students and the community of Mount Austin, the project also provides new creative experiences and skills development for young people,” Ms Reynolds said.

Light mural installation on Civic Centre window

The scope for the second public art project includes creating temporary or site-specific artwork within the Wollundry Lagoon cultural precinct.

“This project will launch as part of the 2023 Festival of W starting Saturday 1 July 2023 and will remain in place through the winter school holiday period,” Ms Reynolds said.

“The assessment panel will be looking for concepts that create an immersive, sensory experience, drawing inspiration from our region and appealing to a broad target audience.”

The third public art project focuses on designing and installing mural artwork on the wall of the Humula Bush Fire Brigade Shed, which is located on the main street of the village and is highly visible beside the community park.

Corrugated iron bush fire brigade shed

“The purpose of the mural is to celebrate the community of Humula and its history by invigorating this important piece of community infrastructure,” Ms Reynolds said.

“The mural will also enhance this public space and create a point of interest for local residents and visitors to the village.”

Council welcomes proposals that celebrate the culture and heritage of the traditional custodians of the land, the Wiradjuri/Wiradyuri and First Nations people, and must include appropriate consultation and engagement with Wiradjuri/Wiradyuri and First Nations Elders.

For more information on the expression of interest guidelines and details on how to apply, head to

Applications close midnight (AEDT) on Wednesday 22 March 2023.