The City’s Public Art Policy provides a framework of principles to support the City’s commitment to the experience of art in the strategic planning of the city and the implementation of Sustainable Sydney 2030.

The City Art Public Art Strategy is the implementation plan for the Public Art Policy, and guides 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, storytelling, interpretation and cultural expression.

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

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 Plan and the Creative City Cultural Policy.

As part of the public art program, guidelines and procedures are developed to support the City’s process for acquisitions and decisions on public art. These include the guidelines for public art acquisitions and deaccessions, and Interim Guidelines for Public Art in Private Development as well as a new process for commissioning street art and murals.

Please note that the City’s Guidelines for Commemorative and Historical Plaques are currently under review.


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