New public artworks to seek out

Public art is booming. ArtsHub takes a look at new commissions, and others on the horizon in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and Queensland.
Australia Day Honours. Woman of Asian appearance in sleeveless top sits in front of a bubble like sculpture outdoors looking up toward the sky.

Public artworks have the capacity to shift our view of the world through everyday encounters that make us rethink a site and our relationship to it.

It is not surprising, then, that its popularity continues to be on an exponential growth path, with more artworks commissioned by local governments, sponsors and developers every year. Their presence adds to those concepts championed today as selling points – walkability, liveability and ‘creative cities’ – with Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane all heavily investing in public art to win favour.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina