Yanchep Rail Extension and Thornlie Cockburn Link Public Art Services

Arts & Culture
The Client
NEWest Alliance
Project Team
Kate Parker
Director / Principal - Arts & Culture
Tegan Patrucco
Senior Consultant - Arts & Culture
The Project

NEWest Alliance, consisting of CPB Contractors and Downer, are leading the delivery of both the Thornlie-Cockburn Link and Yanchep Rail Extension projects on behalf of METRONET.

The Thornlie-Cockburn Link is a significant project for the State – creating an east-west connection between the existing Mandurah and Armadale lines resulting in an important new transport link for Perth’s southern suburbs. The Yanchep Rail Extension includes significant new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.

In line with METRONET’s best practice approach to project design and delivery, public art has been prioritised as a significant part of these projects at each major station.

Our Role

In late 2020 element’s Arts and Culture team was appointed to lead the procurement of public art for each of the six stations associated with these lines.  

Working with NEWest Alliance’s design team we defined Sense of Place statements and confirmed public art opportunities in the form of Public Art Plans for each station. These documents were developed through extensive research.

Integral to these Plans was the identification of a range of artwork opportunities at each of the six stations ranging from integrated works to stand alone and functional artworks.

Our team, in close liaison with PTA and METRONET, developed a bespoke expression of interest process to ensure emerging, local, Noongar and established artists are encouraged and empowered to apply for these opportunities.

The management of the expression of interest process included developing an online portal for submissions, facilitation of selection panels, liaison and coordination with key stakeholders including PTA, Coniglio Ainsworth MPS Architects, METRONET, and local government agencies.

The team is now in the process of managing concept designs from shortlisted artists, writing briefs and reviewing contract documents.

  • A bespoke, best practice expression of interest to creatives for government projects, resulting in over 100 submissions including from local artists, Noongar artists and established creatives
  • A shortlist of exceptional artists and creatives for each artwork opportunity
  • A pathway mapped for the next stages of the process, developed in consultation with PTA, METRONET, and other stakeholders
  • A new process mapped out for future METRONET projects to follow
What We Delivered
  • Sense of Place Statements and Public Art Plans for each line
  • Over 100 submissions from creatives to a bespoke expression of interest process
  • 19 artists shortlisted
  • 12 artist brief documents
  • Facilitation of an Artwork Selection panel including Terms of Reference and other documentation

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