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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, BKK architects and landscape architects from Hassell. We are joined by one of the biggest public art fabrication companies in the world, UAP, and specialist engineers (TBC). 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.

To round off the skills commissioned artists need to navigate these large-scale projects, we are joined by a creative industries and intellectual property expert lawyer and leading creative industries business coach Monica Davidson, Director of Creative Plus Business.

This is a nine weeklong 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. In order to keep the sessions informal and impactful we limit the number of artists participating in each term to 15. 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.

Project Partners

Meet The Experts

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 present for one hour, followed by 30 minutes Q&A. Presentations will take place at 5pm 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.

This project is FREE for all participating artists.

To keep the project manageable and impactful we are keeping numbers small to maximise the benefit of this knowledge sharing exchange. Places are limited, and we may not be able to offer everyone a place.

If you would like to register your interest in taking part, please fill out the form below and submit

  • Current CV

  • Up to ten jpeg images of your work

  • Artist's statement describing your work and your interest in public art (max 500 words).

Image files and CV should be sent via We Transfer, Dropbox or One Drive, ensure you add the file share link in the form. Artist's statements should be added to the dedicated field below.

*Please note we cannot access images shared via Google Drive, Instagram, other social media, or website links. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. We ask for details of your local council as we have some partnership agreements in place.


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