Public Art Advisory Group (PAAG)
Council values and supports the creation of public art as an expression of the community’s unique attributes, heritage, and people. Public art contributes to the vibrancy of public spaces for the enjoyment of locals and visitors, enhances community identity, and enriches cultural life.
In recognition of this, Council commits funds in the budget each year for the development of public art in the municipal area.
The Public Art Advisory group was first formed in 2021 through an expression of interest process, with interested community members participating in a range of artist briefs, project commissions and installations.
Initial appointment for group members is 12 months, with a potential option to extend beyond that period. General meetings are held twice a year, with further meetings scheduled on an as needed basis. Membership of the Group does not require any specific qualifications or background, however a genuine interest and an understanding of the value of public art in place-making and the value or art to the culture of a community is valued.
Since inception, the Public Art Advisory group have participated in projects including:
- Concept design and installation of artwork in the Wynyard Plaza;
- Development of brief for the artist commission of the Discover Somerset Illustrated Map -installed at Cam River Reserve;
- Artist commission brief for Discover Wynyard Illustrated map – installed at Civic Park, Wynyard;
- Somerset Plaza artwork panels and murals;
- Sisters Beach estuary canopy;
- Brief for Artist Commission of Tasmanian Tigers for Waratah.
Public Art Expressions of Interest/Commissions
Current public art expressions of interest or commissions will be advertised below: