Community ideas to shape Kingston’s vibrant public art
Published on 16 March 2023
Community ideas are needed to help celebrate Kingston’s history and culture through vibrant public art.
Kingston Council is developing a public art program to reflect and celebrate our history, stories, cultures, and sense of place through temporary and permanent public art works and is keen for the community to help shape our approach.
Kingston Mayor Hadi Saab said community feedback will identify key projects and locations plus guide funding decisions.
“In addition to advice from our experienced Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee volunteers, we also want to hear from the general community,” Cr Saab said.
“Public art can play a positive role in our community by enhancing buildings, infrastructure and natural areas. It can boost civic pride in our neighbourhoods, mark our history and celebrate our shared values, and can even play a role in graffiti prevention.
“Our creative community was badly impacted by the pandemic, and we continue to work with the other levels of government and the private sector to facilitate opportunities for these industries across Kingston.”
Popular public art projects delivered in Kingston include:
- Large scale mural in newly created park in Horscroft Place Moorabbin
- Horse sculpture on the Mordialloc foreshore to celebrate the area’s history of horse racing
- Mural artwork Seasonal Migrants on the Chelsea Women’s Sports Centre showing the journey of the Sandpiper which migrate annually from Siberia to the Edithvale Wetlands
- Large sculpture at the Westall Community Hub Unukomono celebrates the area’s history of market gardens and the growth of the multicultural community.
“Some artworks speak to someone more than others, and everyone will have a piece of art that is particularly important or special to them. That’s why we want to hear from as many voices as possible to help shape Kingston’s public art moving forward.”
Visit https://www.yourkingstonyoursay.com.au/public-art to find out more, register for a workshop and have your say before Friday 24 March.