Public art plan for CBD redevelopment

Published on 22 July 2019

Blacktown City Council is inviting artists to get involved in the design and early construction phase of the redevelopment of the Warrick Lane precinct in the Blacktown CBD.

The Warrick Lane redevelopment will provide a 470-space underground carpark, a public plaza and park and 2 associated low rise buildings.

Blacktown City Mayor Stephen Bali said; “We’re inviting artists to become involved in the exciting Warrick Lane redevelopment that will transform our city centre.”

Blacktown City Council has developed the Warrick Lane Public Art Plan and is calling for expressions of interest from artists to undertake public art projects within the Warrick Lane precinct.

“We want to hear from professional artists with experience in delivering large scale public artworks, but we are also open to local and emerging artists who believe they have the capacity and resources to deliver this important project,” Mayor Bali said.

“The plan is to create art works in the precinct that reflect the complexity, vibrancy, history and cultural diversity of our city. We’re bringing the artists into the early design and construction stage of the project and not treating the public artworks as an afterthought,” Mayor Bali said.

“We’re not just planning to have the artworks in the open spaces but will also be looking to have art in the carpark and buildings.”

The selection process will be in two stages. The first stage calls for artists to submit an expression of interest outlining their credentials and ability to undertake the work but at this stage they will not be required to submit a design concept.

An expert panel will review the submissions and shortlist up to 5 artists who will be engaged and paid to develop and present their concept design for the site.

The final stage will see the selected artist or artists engaged to design, document, fabricate and install the works in collaboration with the project builder.

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Blacktown City Council is seeking artists to design and install public artworks in the Warrick Lane precinct.

Expressions of interest close on Wednesday, 7 August at 5pm. Further information is available at: www.blacktown.nsw.gov.au/warricklanepublicart