Creative Streets - Transforming Maitland

 

Council is working to brighten the streets and transform the built environment through creative initiatives. Creative Streets aims to fund creative projects to bring vibrancy to and activate Maitland’s streetscape. The program aims to:

  • Empower artists to rethink and transform public spaces (of all kinds).
  • Bring vibrancy and creativity to the streets.
  • Highlights unusual and secret places around Maitland.
  • Create street level activation and engagement.

Creative Streets program is delivered across three streams.

1. ARTS ABOUT TOWN GRANTS

Opens Friday 23 June 2017 and closes Wednesday 26 July 2017

Arts About Town is a chance for artists to engage with audiences at street level and challenge the boundaries of their practice with the street as their canvas. The program invites artists to create temporary and semi-permanent works for public spaces, streets and laneways across the city identified as being in need of transforming and revitalising.

The program encourages all art disciplines including, but not limited to, visual artists (including multimedia, printmaking, sculpture and textile), performers, filmmakers, storytellers and designers.

Key program elements

  • Funds projects ranging between $500 and $10,000
  • Focus on emerging and established artists
  • Targeting specific priority sites across Maitland locations listed (based on Maitland Place Activation Strategy priority precincts) and alternative sites presented by artists
  • All art forms are eligible for consideration.
  • Concepts will require consideration for the cultural, social and environmental context they are situated.

Read more about the program and how to submit your application in the Artist Brief.

To assist artists with their application we are teaming up with Octapod to run a free workshop.

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 amber.herrmann@maitland.nsw.gov.au.

2. ART BY STEALTH - Opens December 2017

Art by Stealth supports quick win street art projects that add a vibrant splash to the streets of Maitland. It encourages community groups and emerging artists to create works that celebrate the creativity within Maitland.

Key program elements

  • Annual EOI process – Opens December
  • Quick Wins with quick response
  • Projects up to $1,000
  • Encouraging emerging artists, schools, collectives and community groups.
  • Focus on visual arts projects

Further program guidelines will be posted closer to the program opening date.

3. DIRECT COMMISSIONS

Council will provide direct commission opportunities across the year to link with key place activation priorities and Council major projects.

Key program elements

  • Direct Commission, limited tender or EOI process.
  • Direct Commission, limited tender or EOI process.
  • Specific Art disciplines may be targeted.

PAST PROJECTS

View our past projects at My Maitland

  • Welcome to Maitland Mural
  • Welcome to Maitland Paste Up
  • Warming the Streets
  • Bin Creative