Public Art

Public Art Collection

As an important part of the Nillumbik Shire Art Collection, Nillumbik’s Public Art Collection is a tangible acknowledgement of Nillumbik’s support for artistic values, and the Shire’s rich cultural heritage.

The collection includes major artworks integrated into public space, parks and public facilities. Our public artworks are designed to stimulate the community and enhance a sense of place.

The artworks in the public art collection contribute to contemporary art practice and theory, and reinforce the unique cultural identity and history of the Shire of Nillumbik. These works create a sense of place for locals, and also encourage visitation to the Shire.

Informed by its Public Art Policy, Council has adopted a best-practice curatorial approach to the development and management of its public art assets, to ensure that the public art collection can continue to be enjoyed by the people of Nillumbik and visitors to the Shire. This curatorial collection management approach is set out in the Nillumbik Shire Public Art Implementation Guidelines, 2019 - 2022.

For a guide to the public artworks in the collection download our Highlights of the Nillumbik Public Art Collection (attachment below).

Public Art Policy

To support its public art program, including the implementation of new initiatives to include public art in Council’s own major capital works projects, Council has adopted the Nillumbik Shire Public Art Policy 2019 – 2022. The Nillumbik Shire Public Art Implementation Guidelines, 2019 – 2022, guide Council’s curatorial approach to the maintenance and development of the Public Art Collection. These documents can be downloaded through the links in 'Related Information' at the end of this page.

In addition the Public Art Operations Manual has been developed to assist Council officers and community members to successfully deliver public art project outcomes that align with Policy objectives and industry best practice.

For Artists

If you’d like to be informed about public art opportunities advertised by Nillumbik Shire Council, please send your name and email address. You may also want to include up-to-date links to online information about your practice. We’ll notify all artists on our mailing list whenever opportunities arise, or where we become aware of any specific industry information that may be valuable to public-art practitioners. Please email your details to the Arts Development Officer, Richard Holt.

Public Art Projects: Contacting Council for Assistance

Council’s Arts Development Officer is available to assist with all public art inquiries including:

• Public artworks on your property

• Public artworks in the community

If you are involved in a public artwork that has received funding from Nillumbik Shire Council, or if your project is on Council land, or will be maintained by Council, you are required to contact the Arts Development Officer who will discuss your project with you and provide you with a ‘Public Art Guidance’ document to ensure your project is conducted in line with Council’s Public Art Policy.

Developers are encouraged to talk to the Arts Development Officer about adding value to their building through the inclusion of a public art component.

Nillumbik’s Arts & Culture Grants may also be of assistance if you are considering a community public art project.

Contact the Arts Development Officer, Richard Holt at to discuss your public art needs or queries.