The City of Parramatta will start work on a future public art strategy as part of its goal to develop the CBD as a key arts and culture precinct where public art thrives.
Councillors this week agreed to scope a Public Art Strategy that sets a framework for the curation of public artworks throughout the city, including sculptures, murals, installations, multimedia and sound around the CBD.
City of Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Sameer Pandey said a public art strategy would help celebrate Parramatta’s growing creative and artistic community.
“Public art plays a key role in helping to define places and gives people a sense of pride in their community and their city. Parramatta is truly a cultural hot spot, and the next step is to encourage more public art,” Cr Pandey said.
“We are home to many creatives who can produce pieces that help us tell the City’s story and promote Parramatta as a cultural destination of choice for both residents and visitors.
“A strong and thriving public art strategy will help drive our vision for arts and culture to inspire, enrich and connect our community by embracing what makes us unique, while growing our reputation as a vibrant place where creativity, diversity and innovation are celebrated.”
A number of public artworks have been completed in Parramatta over the past year including sculptures ‘Where the Eels Lie Down’ by Reko Rennie and ‘Place of the Eels’ by Clare Healy and Sean Cordeiro, both in Parramatta Square.