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Expressions of Interest for Labuan Square Street Art Commission

The City of Greater Geelong is seeking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced artist or creative team to develop a public work of art, creating a valuable cultural asset and contributing to the redevelopment of Labuan Square in Norlane.

Artists working on a diverse range of wall media are warmly invited to apply through an expression of interest process.

The commission’s budget can be up to $25,000 plus GST.

Insight

The redevelopment of Labuan Square will create a community center with the vision of making this area a vibrant, green, attractive, friendly, accessible and safe public space. Public art is an important result of this redevelopment, with strong support for a street art mural on the buildings at the entrance to the square from Forster Street.

Community feedback demonstrated enthusiasm for the public artwork to add color to the area and connect with the local community.

Labuan Square Public Art Commission aims to exemplify the vision of public art as expressed in our Public art strategyand take into account the unique qualities of the site, place and culture of the region.

The context

This area has strong community ties and engagement with the public in this area has been identified as critical to a successful outcome.

Artists are encouraged to develop a concept proposal that allows for exploration and collaboration with the community. Artists will need to engage with the community before finalizing their design, to ensure that the community has strong ties to the final work.

Arts and Culture staff will work with the commissioned artist to fulfill this commitment and ensure the integrity of the artist’s work.

The budget reflects this additional requirement for community engagement. A commitment period of three weeks has been included in the schedule.

Artists are encouraged to consider the following context when preparing their responses (note: this is a guide only and should not be considered mandatory criteria):

  • Labuan Square is located close to Cowies Creek, and the landscaping design is based on four natural environments in this area: grassy plains, basalt boulders, woods and wetlands, and geomorphic cliffs. This design was developed in consultation with the traditional owners of Wadawurrung.
  • This redevelopment will be a green space promoting incidental play and based on the flow of the river.
  • Labuan Square is named after the island of Labuan, Malaysia, in honor of Norman Lane, named after Norlane, and who was imprisoned on the island as a POW.
  • Norlane has a strong history of industrial manufacturing.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to submit proposals.

Artists who are not part of the Wadawurrung cultural heritage will need to be approved by the Wadawurrung traditional owners if the artist intends to reference Wadawurrung culture in their work.

The location of the site

Labuan Square is located between Forster Street and Tennyson Street in Norlane and has green space between retail storefronts.

The green space needs redevelopment, and this public art opportunity will enhance the redevelopment by providing an entrance statement on the walls facing Forster Street.

The two walls are on either side of the Forster Street entrance to the green space, facing north, and total 40 meters in length, with a height of approximately 4.3 meters.

Project timeline and milestones

Start of expression of interest

Commissioned Hit Artist

The practical completion of Labuan Square is planned, and the construction will be completed

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