Visual Arts Panel

The Visual Arts Panel (VAP) provides advice on Council’s Art and Heritage Collection and public art.

Yarra City Council inherited a range of indoor and outdoor artworks and cultural artifacts when the Cities of Collingwood, Richmond and Fitzroy amalgamated in 1994. Council recognises the inherent importance of local cultural heritage and accepts responsibility as custodian for all collection items documenting the City’s unique history and people. Since this time the Collection has continued to grow through acquisitions and donations, particularly the Contemporary Fine Art collection. Council will acquire, collect, preserve, research, document, exhibit, interpret and make accessible to the public the original artworks, objects and information which forms the Yarra City Council Art & Heritage Collection.

The City of Yarra Collection Management Policy guides all decisions related to Council’s management of the Collection and role as cultural custodian of this Collection.

Public art is a growing and changing form of contemporary art that presents a range of opportunities and challenges for Council. Public art may be commissioned and produced by various means including by Council, community groups, artists and private developers. Council’s first Public Art Policy 2015-20 and Guidelines for Public Art in Private Development in Yarra were adopted on Tuesday 3 March 2015.

Council is advised on cultural matters by the Yarra Arts Advisory Committee (YAARTS). The Visual Arts Panel (VAP) is a sub-committee of YAARTS. The Panel provides a formal mechanism for Council to seek specialist advice as required on matters related to the management of the Collection and public art.
To find out more about the panel view the Terms of Reference.
Visual Arts Panel Membership

Yarra Councillors Danae Bosler and Mike McEvoy are members of the committee.

Members for the 2018-2020 term are:

Simon Carver

Narelle Desmond

Will Foster

Carolyn Lewens

Betty Milonas

Shini Pararajasingham

Megan Quigley