Redland City Council has adopted a public art framework following a review of its public art program by external industry professionals, with input from Quandamooka Yoolooburrabee Aboriginal Corporation (QYAC).
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said that public art said a lot about a community and it was timely that Council enshrined a formal framework to ensure our distinctive Redlands character and identity was always apparent.
“With 90 public art projects commissioned since 1993 and a public art policy adopted in 2003, it is time for Council to refresh and formalise our approach.
“The new framework will help guide the acquisition of high-quality public artworks by ensuring due consideration of cultural themes, delivery platforms, art work types, commissioning and implementation actions,” Cr Williams said.
Deputy Mayor Cr Hewlett said that it couldn’t come at a better time, as we embrace our new Redlands Coast identity – the place brand recently adopted by Council to support local tourism and economic development.
Redlands Coast, with the tag line “Naturally Wonderful” was arrived at after extensive community consultation with about 5000 residents.
“With public art projects being subject to Council’s annual budgetary approvals, the new public art framework also provides opportunities to attract external funding to strengthen our emerging Redlands Coast identity,” Cr Hewlett said.