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Bayswater Council puts public art on the agenda

Posted on November 17, 2017
Bayswater Council renewed its commitment to public art on Tuesday night by voting to give developers of commercial and industrial buildings costing $1 million and above the option to contribute to a cash-in-lieu fund for public art.

Previously, owners of developments costing over $1 million were required to engage an artist to produce artwork to be displayed on-site. The cost of the contribution remains at one percent of the construction cost for properties over $1 million.

Newly elected Mayor, Cr Dan Bull has a strong appreciation of the role art and culture play in our community and believes the move will ensure high quality artwork is available for everyone to enjoy.

“Developing and fostering art and culture within our local community is vitally important. The ability to express and celebrate our creativity, identity and history is an integral part of our cultural identity,” Cr Bull said.

“In contributing one percent of the cost of new or renovated towards public art, developers are giving something tangible back to the community.

“The rolling fund will enable the City to take a proactive and coordinated approach to the delivery of public art in public spaces.

“Artworks will be located in areas all of our residents love to gather, shop and linger - our retail centres.

“Public art creates a sense of place and expresses the identity of the local area as well as making streets and buildings more easily identifiable.

“The City is incredibly lucky to have cultural hubs such as King William Street and Whatley Crescent in Maylands with their artist studios, trendy cafes and vintage shops set against a backdrop of vibrant murals.

“I am confident with the sustained funding provided for in this policy we can breathe new life into our retail centres.

“This is an amazing opportunity for the City to commission professional artists to produce public artwork that is both inspirational and thought-provoking while creating a strong sense of place.”

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