Public Art Commissioner
Tegan Lang is the Team Leader of Arts and Culture at Wyndham City. She leads an ambitious team delivering gallery, public art, policy and arts development programs in Melbourne’s outer west. She has over 15 years experience working in the arts, in community settings, local and state government and both micro and federally funded arts organisations. In 2023 she lectured for Deakin University’s MBA Arts & Culture Management students on Arts Fundraising and Sponsorship. She has a strong interest in arts development in growth areas and the role of people, policy and spaces to build relevant and representative audiences and programs. Her experience in public art includes commissioning works within regional and urban settings to engage and surprise the community and to align with recovery and site renewal objectives.
Wyndham is the fastest growing city in the outer west, with the number of citizens set to hit over 500,000 by 2041. Consisting of a vibrant, hugely diverse population, the municipality is also home to the largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in the Western Region.
Wyndham’s recently endorsed 10-Year Public Art Plan underscores the city’s passionate commitment to delivering a world class, highly contemporary public art collection. With curatorial themes that focus on four key elements of Wyndham’s constituency, the Public Art Plan gives precedence to Foregrounding, Localism, Habitat, and Futurism. With a strong focus on the cultural narratives of the Traditional Owners of the land on which Wyndham city is being built, Foregrounding gives precedence to the history and stories of the Bunurong and Wadawurrung peoples. With pillars of approach supporting worldwide best practice principles, the foundations are further grounded in commitments to academic study, consultation, and community outreach. In both theory and practice, delivering public art is all about putting community first and lifting up Wyndham’s aspirations as a creative force in the west.