Shellharbour City Council

Public Art Commission

Shellharbour City Council is seeking to commission artists and designers to create designs for integration with privacy screening for two new public amenities buildings at Albion Park Showground.  

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from artists and designers interested in creating designs for integration with privacy screening in three new public amenities buildings. There are two opportunities available. Artworks will be unique in design and contemporary in style. Designs should have conceptual links to the surrounding area and should reflect the local context, people and place of each site. The project seeks to activate space, add vibrancy and provide a visual celebration of place.  

Artists and designers are asked to provide illustrations in high resolution .jpg that are suitable to be laser cut into steel panels. Alternate creative screening concepts may be proposed by artists (for example, decorative timber slats, other steel fabrication etc.), however these will only be considered if fabrication is feasible within the allocated budget for each building (listed below). Any implications to function, expected life and ongoing maintenance will also be considered in the determining the feasibility of alternate proposals. 

The artworks should:  

  • Build a sense of pride and ownership 

  • Respond to the unique characteristics of site, place and people 

  • Be visually bold 

  • Improve amenity and reduce opportunity for vandalism 

  • Use of natural light and ventilation to make the facility appear open and inviting, with minimal areas of solid steel  

  • Utilise materials and elements that are safe, robust and easy to maintain  

  • Demonstrate artistic excellence 

The fee available for this project of $1,500 per site. There are two available opportunities.  This fee is inclusive of: 

  • Artist fee 

  • Research and development of concept 

  • Provision of high resolution .jpg files to architect specifications 

  • Artist statement. 


Interested artists are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for this project. Your submission should provide the following: 

  • Written description of artistic approach and style (maximum 250 words). Please specify which of the two sites you are interested in, in order of preference (if you have one). You may apply for all two sites if you choose  

  • Portfolio images of recent artwork (maximum ten images) 

  • Current curriculum vitae, outlining relevant experience. 

Expression of Interest submissions are to be received at the email address below by 12pm Sunday October 4, 2020.  

Late submissions will not be considered. 

Evaluation Criteria 

An Expression of Interest will be assessed on the below criteria: 

  • Artistic merit and conceptual integrity 

  • Relevant experience and quality of previous projects 

  • Each site, A or B, will be treated independently for the purposes of evaluation. Accordingly, an artist’s proposal, or decision not to submit a proposal, for any site will not impact on the evaluation of their proposal for any other site. Council’s acceptance or rejection of a proposal for one site does not infer any acceptance or rejection of a proposal for another site. 

  • The successful design should consider the following: 

  • Transparency. The design should allow for visibility but not compromise on public surveillance 

  • Public accountability for amenity uses and treatment 

  • Less enclosed in its design but still private 

  • Design, once laser cut, should be safe and not at risk of being defaced, for example large openings or sections that are not reinforced 


The successful applicant will be contracted under a Memorandum of Understanding. A copy of this agreement will be provided to applicants on request.  

Contact Details 

All submissions and enquiries should be directed to: 


View the full Design Brief and EOI here


Thursday 3 September, 2020
Monday 5 October, 2020
Albion Park Showground
Venue Address
08A Tongarra Rd, Albion Park

Sydney , Shellharbour

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