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Public art

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As part of our commitment to the cultural vibrancy of our city, we are currently working on reviewing the current Public Art Policy and developing a Public Art Plan in line with the Culture Strategy 2023.

Through our Public Art Reference Group we engage a panel of experts to help make decisions about art in the public spaces of the Gold Coast.

Our Public Art Plan will deliver a distinct vision for public art additions to our city to engage, excite and inspire our locals and visitors alike. Through the Public Art Plan we will provide commissioning and development opportunities to our local artists, manage our current catalogue of public artworks, develop new portals for innovative digital and temporary works, promote public art commissions to the private sector and celebrate our local indigenous culture, heritage and environment.

The Council of the City of Gold Coast (Council) Public Art Policy defines public art as work created for public spaces by visual artists, designers and crafts workers, including collaborations with musicians, writers and other performing artists. This includes the following types of opportunity:

  • Commissioning of artists and designers to work collaboratively with design teams early in the design development process, to identify and implement artwork opportunities in new buildings, landscape and infrastructure developments
  • Commissioning of artists and designers to create distinctive products and functional items such as lighting, paving and street furniture
  • Commissioning of artists to produce permanent site-specific works in specified locations
  • Commissioning of artists to produce temporary work and installations in specified locations
  • Commissioning of community cultural development workers to work with communities to produce permanent or temporary site-specific works in specified locations

Public artworks are generally located in public spaces, either outdoors or within buildings, but this definition excludes works that are part of museum, gallery, corporate or curated collections.

View the Council's Public Art Policy and Guidelines.

The Southern Gold Coast Public Art Trail highlights the Southern Gold Coast's distinct beachside culture and art in the public space.


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Public art image gallery

The Gold Coast has a rich collection of public art delivered by both private developments and the City. Browse through our snapshot gallery to get a taste of distinctly Gold Coast art in public spaces.

Gold Coast public art image gallery

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