We commission public art to make community spaces more exciting and attractive.
What is public art?
Public art is art within public spaces like parks, streets, buildings and other areas the public uses. It can take on many forms ranging from a large permanent sculpture, to a temporary performance or ephemeral projection project.
Public art creates opportunities for members of the public to encounter art within their community. It can inspire, surprise, challenge and stimulate the public, opening up the possibilities for new connections and surprising encounters within our civic environment. It can create a sense of identity and give voice to local communities.
Our Public Art program is built around Moreland's remarkable cultural diversity, and the depth of creative talent that live and work in our thriving creative community.
The key principles that we work toward when commissioning or proposing public art projects are works that:
- stimulate creativity, expression and innovation by artists and communities
- stimulate healthy debate
- have artistic integrity
- increase community awareness and appreciation of art
- recognise, acknowledge and celebrate Moreland's distinct Indigenous culture and its connections to the land
- interpret and celebrate the area's unique heritage and identity
- celebrate local community, cultural and/or geographic diversity
- provide an artistic and cultural outlet through which communities can develop and articulate their sense of place
- provide landmarks and local icons that engender a sense of pride and identity
- promote cultural expression that is original, relevant and of significance to the artists and arts practice within the municipality
Each work that is commissioned by us becomes part of the Moreland Public Art Collection - a collection that encompasses over 60 objects spanning the past 50 years.
We also run MoreArt, an annual exhibition of temporary public art that activates public spaces through commissioned site-specific projects.
In all of our work, we are guided by the Public Art guidelines and the Creative Capital Arts and Culture Strategy 2017-22, which can be viewed at the below links:
- Public Art Guidelines (PDF 164Kb)
- Public Art Guidelines (DOC 162Kb)
- Creative Capital Arts and Culture Strategy 2017-22 (PDF 4Mb)
- Creative Capital Arts and Culture Strategy 2017-22 (DOC 6Mb)
Moreland Public Art Show
Our annual art in public spaces event across Moreland.
Moreland is home to one of the largest communities of artists and arts workers in the country. This exhibition of temporary public art works is an opportunity to bring some of this extraordinary talent to visibility within the community.
More information to come.
In 2020, the annual MoreArt public art series, Monument to Now: MoreArt 2020 presented eight newly commissioned artworks and performances that engaged with ideas of deep listening to create a monument to now.
- Liquid Architecture
- Catherine Clover
- Adam John Cullen
- Emma Gibson
- Mira Oosterweghel
- Patrick Pound
- Michael Prior
- Sarah Walker
For more information about the show, including locations, artist talks and biographies, visit Conversations Moreland.
Recent public art
We have a number of recent and current public art projects, including temporary commissions.
'Where we have come to' by Anton Hasell
'Where We Have Come To' , 2019 represents the multiculturalism that is at the heart of Moreland. Created from bronze, this sculpture represents a counter-twisted rope, where the diversity of strands is what gives the rope its strength. As a metaphor for multiculturalism, this sculpture shows how communities are stronger through diversity. The sculpture is located in Saxon Lane.
The sculpture is also an instrument that can be struck to generate a kind of community ripple of sound that “binds all within its sonic perimeter”. This artwork unites all members of the community together in respectful acknowledgment that we do so on Wurundjeri Country in the spirit of wandha-djerri-nganyin-atj (bringing us together).
'Yes No' by Matt Blackwood
Matt Blackwood's public art commission commemorates the centenary of the 1916 and 1917 conscription referendums and anti-conscription campaigns in Moreland. His artwork, 'Yes No', 2017 has been installed in the Brunswick Library foyer.
'North of the Warp' by Britt Salt
'North of the Warp', 2016 reflects Moreland’s distinct geography and celebrates our relationship with this place. The piece is located in the Counihan Gallery foyer entrance, Brunswick Town Hall
The undulating folds of the suspended forms reference the geography of The Melbourne Warp, a gentle northwest-southeast flexure in the land that has over time marked a hinge between these areas, with Moreland located to the North.
The continuous movement created between the surface and structure of the artwork create a sense not only of connection to this land, but of dynamism and innovation relevant to the unique cultural identity of Moreland today.
Viewers are invited to move around the building, experiencing the myriad perspectives from which the artwork flickers and transforms, considering the evolving relationship between architecture, place and its inhabitants.
Public art around Moreland
Our public art collection is spread throughout Moreland’s 12 suburbs.
Enver Camdal's mosaic artwork
Cleaning, re-grouting and repair has taken place at Dunstan Reserve, Brunswick on one of Moreland's rarest and most beautiful public art works.
Work was undertaken as part of the Moreland public art collection audit in 2015 which recommended refurbishment, decommissioning and reassignment of works in the collection.
Thinking of the Earth by Al Stark
This work, located at Coburg City Oval, is related to a contemplation of the earth and its systems. Its symbolism represents subconscious thoughts on what we know we are doing to the earth, as opposed to what we are doing about it.
It aims to represent a seeing and knowing within a collective consciousness that offers cautious hope, like embers in a struggling fire. It offers the idea that we are one and the same within nature, and the universe. It concerns not one particular group, but all of us, and our future in relation to our environment.
The colour-way is designed to glow and completely enliven the space.
The black background enables objects and figures to seemingly float in space and also flatten out an imposing architecture. The figures symbolise the human spirit, forming a narrative with the landscape that references the local Merri Creek environment.
Rolling Path by Simon Perry
Sculptural concrete path. A curled end to a pedestrian/bicycle path behind the Brunswick Velodrome. Developed as part of the Public Art Program 1998/99.
New Order by Louise Lavarack
New Order consists of five freestanding columns fixed to low concrete plinths spaced along Sparta Place in Brunswick. The form of each Greek-style column is delineated by a cage of galvanised steel uprights and mesh.
The cages are filled with recycled ‘kitchenalia' toasters, kettles, saucepans, mixing bowls, teapots, etc made from various materials including stainless steel, chrome and aluminium. Note that a portion of the kitchenalia was donated by members of the local community.
New Order is based on the sister city relationship between Brunswick and Sparta. The artwork makes a direct reference to the ruined remains of ancient Greek architecture. However in Sparta Place, the universally recognised form of the classic Ionic column is constructed from contemporary domestic materials.
An intriguing interplay between past and present is thus set up. From a distance the line of columns suggests the grand architectural scale of the past, while at close quarters the more modest scale of contemporary domestic detail becomes apparent.
The surfaces of the metal objects will be affected by weathering to some degree and over time New Order will acquire a patina that subtly underscores a temporal reading of the work.
Homeward Bound by Leith Walton
Located at Glenroy Primary School Parklands, Wheatsheaf Road, Glenroy. Materials include corten steel and wood.
Noel Counihan by Simon Perry
Located outside Mechanics Institute, Brunswick. Materials include stone carving with bronze additions.
Many Hands Make Glenroy
A photographic documentary at Glenroy Shopping Centre created by Carla Gottgens has uncovered the hidden treasures of the residents of Glenroy.
The evocative 72 - panel work by Ms Gottgens is on prominent and permanent display on pedestrian barriers along Glenroy Road, in Melbourne's north.
Commissioned to highlight the diverse backgrounds of the residents in Glenroy and create an installation that united the community, the photographic documentary involved 18 local households.
Recognise Public Art Project by Brent Watkins and Leith Walton
Located at Robinson Reserve Neighbourhood House, Reynard Street, Coburg. Artwork consists of mural and corten steel sculpture.
'Permeable Barriers' by Tim Craker
As a part of the Snell Grove Public Works Art on Site temporary art project titled 'Permeable Barriers', 2011 by artist Tim Craker, a short documentary of the project was produced by Worker B Films.
The film documents the artist at work and the concepts and ideas that informed this particular project.
As the streetscaping works in Snell Grove are now completed, the 'Permeable Barriers' have been decommissioned.
The short documentary film provides an opportunity to not only reflect on the 'Permeable Barriers,' but also allows the project to live on in posterity for those interested in its legacy.
RenuWall is Moreland’s program to beautify our public spaces, to engage our arts community in meaningful public artwork and address graffiti hotspots in Moreland. After many delays due to the rolling effects of COVID-19 restrictions the first round of RenuWall murals has now been completed.
Proposals for the 2021 RenuWall program have now closed.