Eastern Beach

Artist opportunity to develop a Public Art Memorial in Geelong

Posted 28 March 2019

Artist opportunity to develop a Public Art Memorial in Geelong

The City of Greater Geelong is seeking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced artist or creative team to develop a public art memorial, serving as a designated place for reflection and to acknowledge those in the Victorian community impacted by road trauma. The public artwork will be a significant cultural asset in the City of Greater Geelong public art collection and become a destination point of interest for local residents and visitors to the region.

Road crashes have a devastating and long lasting impact on people involved, their friends and families and the wider community including emergency service personnel and medical staff who assist with road rescue and recovery.

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC), in partnership with the City of Greater Geelong, Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV), and the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, Uniting Church in Australia (UCAVT), support the need among the Geelong and the wider-Victorian community to provide a place for solace, reflection and acknowledgement of people who have lost their lives or been seriously injured on Victorian roads.

The site is located along Hearne Parade, Eastern Beach near Limeburner’s point. A prime north facing waterfront location, managed by the City of Greater Geelong provides a unique opportunity for the successful artist/team to create an appropriate, poignant public artwork.

Site Location, Hearne Parade, Eastern Beach

Designs that shift the idea of a memorial from a monumental stand-alone object to an experiential space complimenting the natural surrounds, encouraging peaceful contemplation that is valuable to both visitors and council are encouraged.

The site provides uninterrupted views of Corio Bay and is home to other cultural assets including the Jan Mitchell Bollard trail, Reflection Seat by Jacinta Leitch, and Andrew Rogers Geoglyph. Power and water are not available on site. Proposals should not include these elements. (Proposals incorporating solar power may be considered if developed within the available budget). Essential to the project is site access for people living with a disability, this will be achieved as a part of the design development of the space and in conjunction with the artist commission, so submissions need to be mindful of this.

Artists are invited to submit information about their professional art practice and appropriate experience for consideration in the context of a two stage commissioning process.

Proposals must be developed in consideration of the site and in response to the brief to create an artwork that will serve as a point of connection and reflection for those visiting the site.


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