The City of Greater Geelong is seeking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced artist or creative team to develop a public artwork which will be considered a significant cultural asset within the outdoor open space of the new Drysdale Library and Civic area. As a significant commission within our collection the artwork will further consolidate Geelong’s reputation and international status as a UNESCO City of Design.
The budget for the commission is up to $80,000 +GST.
The Drysdale Library redevelopment will include a purpose-built state of the art contemporary library facility with internal and external public meeting places. A large garden/meeting area will surround the building, and the public artwork will be situated at an optimum location within this green site.
Feedback from community has demonstrated enthusiasm for this outdoor space to foster the cultivation of connections between community members of all ages. It is envisioned for the integration of public art within this project will support this community aspiration.
Artists are invited to consider some of the following themes as a part of preparing a response (Note: these are a guide and not to be considered mandatory criteria):
- Culture: Connection to the cultural values and natural environment of the region. Connection between people across ages and demographics
- The Bellarine Peninsula is strongly connected to the surrounding water, including Corio Bay and the Barwon River
- The Bellarine Peninsula has a contemporary local community and vibrant tourism economy.
- The Bellarine Peninsula is a place of continued cultural significance for the Wadawurrung people.
- Engagement and Interaction: consideration to an artwork that invites or fosters exploration or imagination with people of all ages
- Scale: Submissions may be for a singular larger work, or a series of connected smaller-scale works that encourage interactivity and invite the viewer through the space.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to submit proposals.
The library site is located on High Street in Drysdale, near the junction of Murradoc Road, Collins Street and Clifton Springs Road, a major connector to adjacent towns on the Bellarine. The site proposed for the artwork faces south-east and is situated within the retail precinct in Drysdale, providing an inspiring location for a contemporary, engaging public artwork.
Power and water will be available on site and artworks relying upon these amenities will be considered, with respect to the project budget and ongoing maintenance requirements.
Project Timeline and Key Milestones
COMMENCEMENT OF EXPRESSION OF INTEREST 13 June 2022
EOI SUBMISSIONS DUE (STAGE 1) 9am, 18 July 2022
SHORTLISTED ARTISTS SELECTED & NOTIFIED 22 July 2022
SHORTLISTED ARTISTS TO ATTEND SITE MEETING By negotiation
DETAILED SUBMISSIONS DUE (STAGE 2) 9am, 29 August 2022
SUCCESSFUL ARTIST COMMISSIONED 2 September 2022
CONSTRUCTION TO COMMENCE To be negotiated with successful artist
CONSTRUCTION COMPLETE Practical Completion of Drysdale Library is expected in February 2023
For full brief document, enquiries and submissions, please contact:
Public Art Team
Arts & Culture Department
City of Greater Geelong
(03) 5272 5272