Public Art

Public art helps make Yarra a vibrant, creative and engaging place. We manage an existing collection and commission new works in public spaces, as well as support private commissions of publicly visible art.

 Image: Angela Tiatia, Roving Projections Peel Street 2016

In 2015, we adopted a Public Art Policy which includes a scheme to embed public art into civic infrastructure developments.

A roving public art program is currently being curated to stimulate interest and discussion about our public spaces. This includes new temporary commissions on the former Queen Victoria plinth in Edinburgh gardens, changing exhibitions in the Carlton library light-boxes and roving projections across the city.

We also acknowledge the popularity of murals and street art within Yarra and recognise their place within contemporary arts practice, as well as being a tool in graffiti management and place making. We've commissioned many murals and have supported many private commissions of murals.

Collingwood Hollywood mural

The Collingwood Hollywood mural is one of the major public artworks in Yarra. The artists at Everfresh Studio received funding through our 2009 Community Grants Program to design and create the work, which spans the rear of eight homes in Bendigo Street (facing Hoddle Street) Collingwood.

The site had been a popular illegal tagging location before work on the project began. The colourful mural is a local interpretation of the iconic 'Hollywood' sign and features images of the people, places and history that make Collingwood unique. The mural was undertaken with the permission of property owners and residents.

Stewart Street mural

The Stewart Street mural was commissioned by us, with additional funding from Crime Prevention Victoria, after another mural on the same site was painted over leaving the area susceptible to illegal tagging.

The mural, which is located near the entrance to Richmond Train Station, was designed and painted by artists Kim and Dale Nicol and combines sporting and urban imagery to reflect the surrounding environment. The work was undertaken with the permission of property owners VicTrack, and site managers Connex.

At the completion of this mural, artist Kim Nicol was commissioned by Connex to create a series of murals around Richmond Train Station.