City of Subiaco - Public art
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Public art

nullPublic art plays a vital role in creating a sense of place within the community. The City of Subiaco is committed to delivering a diverse and vibrant public art program, in recognition of the contribution public art makes to community and cultural development. It adds to a sense of identity and wellbeing by reflecting Subiaco’s unique character, history and future aspirations.

Public Art Collection

The City of Subiaco is the custodian of a considerable public art collection, located in the public realm, in and around the city’s landmarks, streets and buildings. The permanent and temporary works of art, including sculptures, murals and mosaics, reflect and inform us of the rich and diverse history of the city, its residents and their activities. It is a mixture of traditional and modern works, much like the city itself. The collection includes artworks located on city land and works located on private property, commissioned with the assistance of the city. In addition there are numerous public artworks commissioned by private developers in Subiaco.

Download the Subi Art Discovery Trail (PDF, 7.4MB) to locate public artworks witin the city's town centre, or use the online mapping tool to discover public art including background information about the artworks. 

Public Art Strategy 2018 - 2022

The Public Art Strategy builds on a number of the city’s goals and strategies to deliver social, economic, environmental and cultural benefits for the community. Public art plays a key role in urban renewal, place making, urban design and tourism. It contributes to Subiaco being a place where people want to be.

The purpose of the Public Art Strategy is to provide a clear outline of the city’s approach to public art. Building on the foundation of an already significant collection, the city aims to use public art to create a sense of place; infusing qualities of diversity, vibrancy, character, creativity and imagination into daily life.

The Strategies

  • Strategy 1 – Create a sense of place with artworks in the public realm that enhance engagement with and understanding of Subiaco
  • Strategy 2 – Infuse qualities of diversity, vibrancy, character, creativity and imagination into the fabric of daily life
  • Strategy 3 – Meet and deliver high quality management and collection standards
  • Strategy 4 – Contribute to art and cultural development
  • Strategy 5 – Encourage public and private sector partnerships in the arts

Public Art Policy

The Public Art Policy sets out the City’s high level objectives in relation to public art, providing a framework for the development, funding, management and promotion of the public art collection.   

Public Art for Developers

The city encourages public and private developers to contribute to the culture of Subiaco through the provision of public art in new developments.

The Western Australian State Government Percent for Art Scheme is cited as best practice and can be used to inform developers’ approach.  Any queries should be directed to the city’s Public Art Officer on 9237 9222.

Unveiled in 2017 by The President of Ireland, this memorial artwork commemorates a time of devastation and desperatio...

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Four artists, four murals - adding a new splash of colour to the town centre.

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A nine metre artwork on Rokeby Road by Mel McVee reflecting the local history of retail in the area.

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Art and Business is a collaboration between the City of Subiaco, artCollective WA and local businesses, showcasing th...

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