Public Art Mentoring
Understanding the Specialisms, Roles and Processes of Public Art Commissioning
Public art is a rapidly growing area within the creative industries, there are opportunities within the public and private sector, with budgets ranging from $50,000 to $1m+. But this area of practice is notoriously demanding for everyone involved. These commissions can be very challenging in a number of ways and can be overwhelming for inexperienced artists. Currently there are very few practical training or development opportunities for artists wishing to work in permanent public art.
T Projects are passionate about the development of artists as creative professionals. We have developed the Public Art Mentoring Program to bring together leading sector professionals involved at every stage of the development and delivery of public art. Together with our project partners, we share expert knowledge and perspectives from all the specialisms involved in public art commissioning.
We are incredibly excited to be working with some of the very best in the business, including public art commissioner Wyndham City Council; architects BKK; landscape architects Hassell; public art fabricators UAP; specialist engineers Arup and leading creative industries business coaches Creative Plus Business.T Projects represent public art curators in the program. Each specialism showcases some of the public art projects they have been involved with and share their experiences and perspectives.
This program that was first run as a pilot in May and June 2023. We are now rolling out the program as an annual ongoing professional development program for artists with little or no public art experience, who wish to develop and expand their practice to work within the public realm.
Dates for the next program will be released soon, we are currently taking registrations of interest via the application form at the bottom of this page.
The Public Art Mentoring program provided an engaging and comprehensive overview of the entire process of devising, developing and realising quality public art projects. With its emphasis on collaboration and open-mindedness, it brilliantly illustrated how to effectively engage all stakeholders in matters of artistic vision and community connection. A thoroughly rewarding and empowering experience which I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing a career in public art.
Further Information and How to Apply
This Public Art Mentoring Project has been developed for visual artists with little or no public art experience.
Each specialism presents for approximately one hour, followed by a Q&A session. Presentations will take place at 5.30pm AEST, online on Wednesdays. Next intake dates will be confirmed shortly. Participants must commit to attending all sessions.
The Public Art Mentoring Pilot Project has been designed to share information and perspectives from a range of industry specialists. This is a group mentoring format, focused on knowledge sharing to help participating artists to understand the processes and specialisms involved in public art commissioning.
Places are limited.
If you would like to register your interest in taking part, please fill out the form below and submit
Up to ten jpeg images of your work
Artist's statement describing your work and your interest in public art (max 500 words).