Bin Creative Project

Council is working to brighten the streets and transform the built environment through creative initiatives.

Our library book return bins need a makeover, and we are looking for four artists to help bring them to life. We are seeking a bright and eye catching transformation, with an element of fun that helps to welcome people into our libraries.

Maitland City Council invites concept proposals from artists interested in taking part in redesigning one library bin from one of Maitland’s four libraries (Central Maitland, East Maitland, Rutherford and Thornton).

Individual artists, collectives, schools and community groups are eligible to apply. Applicants are invited to submit a concept to meet the technical specifications detailed below.

Your proposal should include:

  • An outline of the concept and artistic vision for the work. Please include the proposed medium you will be using.
  • A sketch or computer based mock-up of your proposed design. Please use the outline supplied at Attachment A to help guideyour design and dimensions.
  • Images/examples of your previous work.
  • Contact details for yourself, school or organisation.


The work will be made of durable, robust, high quality and low maintenance materials to ensure lifespan of the work. The work will be situated in an outdoor environment and all materials must be able to withstand environmental conditions, including wind, rain and sun.

Consideration must also be given for maintenance and cleaning.


Successful artists will be offered $500 to complete the project.


Activity Date/Deadline
 Response to brief – concept and preliminary design  30 September 2016
 Artist Selection  October 2016
 Final design approval  October 2016
 Installation  October/November 2016

Supporting documents

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Information sheet
Additional information

Maitland City Council’s Place Activation Officer, Amber Herrmann is the project manager and is to be the first point of contact for this project. All submissions should be directed to the project manager. Amber can be contacted on 4931 2858 or at