Public Art Reference Group

Public Art Reference Group

Help shape public art in Newcastle

Boasting more artists per capita than any other city in Australia, Newcastle is a thriving creative hub. We’re seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from suitably qualified people to join our Public Art Reference Group (PARG) to advise on the development of public art in both the private and public domain that are reflective of Newcastle's history, culture, and community.

We're looking for five people with strong ties to Newcastle, and:

  • a reputation of excellence in the fields of visual art, architecture, landscape architecture, culture leadership or design, and/or
  • cultural knowledge of the Indigenous community, and/or
  • heritage expertise.

Expressions of interest have closed

Expressions of interest to join the PARG have now closed.

Thank you to everyone who expressed interest in joining the group. We are reviewing submissions and expect to advise applicants of the outcomes of their EOI from early November 2021.

Frequently asked questions

The role of the PARG is to:

  • act as an advisory body to CN on public art
  • advise on the commissioning and development of new public art works in the public and private domain
  • ensure transparent commissioning processes that result in art works reflective of Newcastle’s history, culture, and community
  • advocate for CN, providing leadership and ongoing support on all aspects of public art.

We're looking for people with:

  • Strong demonstrated relationship to the Newcastle Local Government Area
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in the field/s of visual art, architecture, landscape architecture, cultural leadership, heritage and / or design.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team.

We're looking for:
• Three people with a strong demonstrated relationship to Newcastle who have acclaimed reputations for excellence in the field/s of visual art, architecture, landscape architecture, cultural leadership and / or design.
• One person who is a cultural knowledge holder from the Indigenous community.
• One person who is a heritage expert.

Generally the group meets every two months.

Complete the online form on this webpage, including your CV in Word or PDF format (3 page maximum). Alternatively, you can email your EOI application form and CV to

Contact us

Got questions?

Phone: 02 4974 2000

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