City of Armadale Public Art Procurement

Arts & Culture
The Client
City of Armadale
Project Team
Kate Parker
Associate - Arts & Culture
The Project

Incorporating the coastal plains, foothills and part of the picturesque Perth hills, the Armadale region encompasses approximately 545 square kilometres, uniting the Perth metropolitan area with the south east of regional Western Australia.

It is a place of diversity and charm, poised for significant and ongoing economic and population growth. Just a short train ride or 30-minute drive from the Perth CBD, the region provides an active and diverse urban city centre for visitors, residents and workers.

Our Role

element worked closely with the City of Armadale on the procurement of a major artwork commission by Western Australian artist Si Hummerston, for a prominent intersection within the City centre. The commission is a major part of Armadale’s ongoing transformation and is in line with key global trends focusing on enlivening and enriching cultural assets.

The artwork was procured through an open tender process, followed by an artist shortlisting by the public art selection panel, consisting of key City of Armadale team members including the Mayor and CEO, under the guidance of the element team.

Outcomes

Goals and outcomes include creating an inclusive public artwork with the aim of revitalising the urban space and enhancing public amenity. Located at a busy and prominent intersection the artwork will be highly visible within the community and as such will gain considerable attention. This was a major consideration in the selection of the artwork by the public art panel and required significant consideration from the community’s perspective achieved through a rigorous selection process.

The management of a public art panel involves mediating and negotiating multiple priorities and perspectives, to achieve a unanimous decision. The panel were able to agree without dispute on the final artwork, following artist presentations and panel discussion.

The resulting artwork has been widely accepted by the community and now acts as a landmark within the local precinct.

What We Delivered
  • Public art brief released internationally as an Expression of Interest
  • A significant artwork commission for the City of Armadale.
  • The management and coordination of the public art panel group.
  • Successful installation of a significant public artwork, on time and in budget.

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