Douglas Shire Council paves the way for more public art



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ARTY: Douglas Shire Council aims to inspire and help create more public art like Binna's 'bush tucker' sculpture in Mossman. Image: Supplied.

Douglas Shire Council has made changes to the Arts General Policy to recognise and further entice public artwork at today’s Ordinary Council Meeting.

It comes following the rise of successful public art projects in Douglas Shire, which has led to a greater focus on encouraging more community-boosting creativity in the region.

The changes come after several successful public art projects featuring Indigenous artists, such as Binna’s ‘bush-food’ sculpture on Johnston Rd, the banners in Mossman and Port Douglas, and the night-time projections during Carnivale 2018.

Douglas Shire Mayor Julia Leu said these types of projects had the ability to enrich the lives of locals and improve visitor experiences.

“This policy change proves Council is leading by example to encourage more public art to pop up across the shire,” she said.

“The revised policy ensures consistency in the development, planning, acquisition, maintenance, deaccessioning and integration of public art in Douglas Shire.”

The Regional Arts Development Fund 2018-19 Application Round is open until close of business on Friday, March 15. 

RADF is a partnership between state and local governments which invests in quality arts and cultural experiences across Queensland based on locally determined priorities.
Visit Council’s website for more details.



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