Maitland City Council

'Soap Box' Project - Maitland City Library

Shaded by a large tree, the space outside Maitland City Library will be transformed into a multi-use small scale performance meeting space and eating area. Currently used as an unofficial carpark, its proximity to the library and nearby shops makes it an ideal location for projects focusing on the Place Activation pillar ‘Repurpose’.

The concept for the space is to recreate the ‘Soap Box’ traditions of Hyde Park London and The Domain Sydney. The space could also function as a recreation area with seating and tables for people to share ideas, do live readings and practice performances. The completed space can have a contemporary design and integrate itself into its surroundings and the cultural identity of the city.

Proposals with innovative and imaginative designs that incorporate the soap box concept are encouraged. Consideration should be taken to create an inviting space that is accessible to the whole community and to allow multiple uses. This project will add to the physical identity of Maitland City Library and the surrounding area. It should reflect contemporary values and uses of public space adding to the vibrancy of the city.

  • Expressions of Interest (EOI) open 2 December for the activity.
  • Submissions will be open until midnight 19 January 2020.
  • Budget: $15,000 to $20,000 (plus GST if applicable) depending on the complexity of the project.

For more information on new Place Activation projects and the submission process. Download the Creative Opportunities booklet and the 'Soap Box' EOI go to


Monday 2 December, 2019
Sunday 19 January, 2020
Maitland Library
Venue Address
480 High St, Maitland NSW 2320

New South Wales, , Maitland

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