Public Art Strategy and Policies

The City’s Public Art Strategy sets out objectives to provide a basis for a considered approach to the acquisition and management of the City’s current and future public art assets. 

The Public Art Strategy has recently been reviewed - a summary of which can be viewed in the Public Art Strategy Outcomes Report.

In alignment with Action 6.1 in the Cultural Plan 2019-2023, the City is developing a new Public Art Masterplan. The Masterplan will supersede the Public Art Strategy to provide strategic direction for public art in the City.

The Public Art Strategy is implemented by the City in conjunction with two Public Art Policies and with the support of the City’s Public Art Advisory Group.

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To find out more about the Public Art Masterplan, visit yoursay.southperth.wa.gov.au

Public Art Advisory Group

The City’s Public Art Advisory Group (PAAG) was established in 2015 as one of the key initiatives set out in the City’s Public Art Strategy. This group has been established in accordance with the City’s policy P112 Community Advisory Groups. Its function is to provide independent and expert advice regarding the City’s strategic approach to public art, on City commissions and acquisitions, and to review and make recommendations to the City on developer public art proposals. 

The PAAG meets four times per year, typically in early March, May, August and November. Developers are encouraged to contact the City to confirm scheduled meeting dates and requirements.

Developers wishing to submit concepts for review by the PAAG should liaise with the City’s Arts Officer in advance and provide an electronic copy of all documents listed in the Public Art Toolkit Appendix C: Artwork Concept Application at least 10 working days prior to the meeting to ensure inclusion on the agenda.

The PAAG’s voting membership consists of up to three elected members (nominated by Council) and up to four arts industry professionals (recruited through an expressions of interest process). 

Policy P101 – Public Art

Through this policy, the City has made a commitment to contribute 2% of the construction value of City development projects with a value greater than $2 million towards public art in above ground urban design public open space and community building projects. 

Recent commissions resulting from this Policy include public artworks at Manning Hub, Ernest Johnson Reserve, and Connect South.

Developer Public Art 

The City also works with private developers who are required to contribute to public art in connection with their development projects within the City. Developer contributions are governed by two key town planning documents. 

Policy P316 – Developer Contribution for Public Art and Public Art Spaces

For most areas within the City, P316 Developer Contribution for Public Art and Public Art Spaces requires that private developers of projects with a construction value of $4 million or greater contribute at least 1% of the construction value towards public art. Where P316 applies, developers may choose to meet this requirement in one of three ways:

Option A – Deliver one or more works of public art or a public art space within their development to a maximum value of $200,000 or 50% of the required public art contribution (whichever is greatest). Any remaining funds required to meet the contribution in full are to be contributed as a cash contribution to the City’s Public Art Fund.

Option B – By agreement with the City of South Perth, the developer may deliver one or more works of public art on City land. Where this is agreed, the completed artwork is usually handed over to the City for care and management as an item in the City’s Public Art Collection.

Option C – The developer may choose to meet the requirement in whole or in part by making a cash-in-lieu contribution. Developers choosing to make the contribution in full as cash-in-lieu are eligible for a 10% discount on the required contribution. Cash-in-lieu contributions are pooled in the City’s Public Art Fund and are used by the City to commission appropriate works of public art in the vicinity of the developments for which they were made.

Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan

In the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan Area – a town planning partnership project with the City of Melville and the State Government - there are some different requirements and options for developer public art. In the area where this plan applies, private developers of projects with a construction value of $1 million or greater are required to contribute at least 1% of the construction value towards public art. Where the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan applies, developers may choose to meet the public art requirement in one of two ways:

Option 1 - The developer may choose to meet the requirement in whole or in part by making a cash-in-lieu contribution to the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Public Art Fund.

Option 2 – The developer may deliver one or more works of public art within their development.

In all cases developers are encouraged to give early consideration to the public art planning condition, and to engage with artists early to achieve the best possible public art outcomes at their sites and for the community. Well considered public art concepts that make the most of opportunities at the site and the talents of the artists and bring diverse public art outcomes into the City are viewed favourably by the City during its assessment of concepts for approval.

Approvals Process

Full details of the approvals process for developer public art are provided in the City’s Public Art Toolkit.

Developer public art concepts must be approved by the City of South Perth before the City will issue a building permit for construction of the development to commence.

Developers should give careful consideration to the timing of scheduled meetings of the Public Art Advisory Group (PAAG) so as to minimise delays to construction program. Prior to approval, developer public art concepts must be submitted for review by the Public Art Advisory Group at one of the group's scheduled meetings.

The City’s approval, or otherwise, of developer public art concepts is informed by the advice and recommendations provided by the PAAG. Formal notice of the outcomes of the public art concept review and approvals process is usually provided within 2-3 weeks of the PAAG meeting. 

The approved public art concept must then be delivered in full, and in alignment with the approved concept, and all necessary supporting documentation supplied by the developer before the City will issue an occupancy permit for the completed development.

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