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The City of Sydney is committed to a vibrant Public Art Program and has updated its Draft City of Sydney Public Art Policy, Draft City Art Public Art Strategy and Draft Acquisitions and Deaccessions Guidelines in line with Sustainable Sydney 2030.


As the most visible and accessible art form, public art plays an important role in contributing to the poetic dimension of the city. The City of Sydney Public Art Policy | PDF 168K provides a framework of principles which express the City's commitment to the vital role of art in the overall strategic planning of the city and the implementation of Sustainable Sydney 2030


The Final Version City Art Pubilc Art Strategy is the implementation plan for the Policy, and will guide the City in the creation of new public art works and programs. The Strategy builds on the legacy of the past, while responding to new ideas about art, story telling, interpretation and cultural expression called for by the community in the City of Sydney's Local Action Plans consultation and surveys; and by the cultural sector as part of the 2030 Vision cultural roundtable and broader 2030 community consultation.


The Strategy identifies a series of opportunities and approaches to providing public art ranging from community based local works in Village Centres across the City, to iconic new major art projects attracting business and visitors to Sydney that recognise the City's preeminent role as a champion of culture.


The Guiding Principles for the implementation of public art across the City of Sydney local government area are:


  • Align significant City Art projects with major Sustainable Sydney 2030 urban design projects
  • Recognise and celebrate Aboriginal stories and heritage in the public domain
  • Support local artists and activate city places through temporary art projects
  • Support vibrant places in Village Centres with community art and City Art projects
  • Promote high quality public art in private developmen
  • Support stakeholder and government partners to facilitate public art opportunities
  • Manage and maintain the City's collection of permanent art works, monuments and memorials
  • Initiate and implement programs to communicate, educate and engage the public about City Art


In order to ensure an integrated approach to the creation and management of public art, the City Art Public Art Strategy has been developed to dovetail with current city- wide strategies including the City Centre Public Domain Plan , the Liveable Green Network, the Laneways Revitalisation Strategy, the Social Policy and Social Infrastructure Plan and the development of a comprehensive City of Sydney Cultural Plan.



Find out more about the cultural and creative city outlined in Sustainable Sydney 2030

CityArt - Wuganmagulya


Wuganmagulya Brenda L. Croft 1999 Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens Eora Journey is the first major cultural project of Sustainable Sydney 2030 that will recognise the City’s Aboriginal heritage through a significant Indigenous cultural walk, from Sydney Harbour to Redfern.

The City Art Public Art Strategy is underpinned by the results of consultation and commissioned research undertaken on behalf of the City of Sydney in developing Sustainable Sydney 2030. These emphasised the importance of culture and creativity in the City to our lifestyle, to community building, to the creative economy and to the identity of Sydney. A flourishing cultural life is dependent on the interaction and connection of creative people and on a stimulating environment. The City recognises this by providing a range of cultural activities, initiatives and opportunities beyond commissioning public art, including creating and improving cultural and community facilities such as Customs House and Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, providing artists' studios, hosting or sponsoring major cultural events and festivals, providing services such as libraries and cultural venues, and providing cultural and community grants.


Public Art Guidelines

A number of guiding documents were developed in 2006 as part of the public art program. They were adopted by Council as Interim documents and have been guiding the City’s process for acquisitions and decisions of public art; the commissioning of public art as part of conditions of consent in private developments; and processes regarding street art and plaques.


All of these documents and their associated processes are in review in 2010 and will be updated.