Recognising how public art plays a major role in our community’s aspiration for a ‘Sense Of Community’ and in response to the growing demand for artwork to be integrated into the City’s projects and private developments, the City of Melville has developed a new Public Art Strategy and Masterplan.

The Public Art Strategy and Masterplan defines principles and priorities for public art in the City which will help to guide resources and funding towards relevant public art projects which will enhance the City’s built environment, distinctive natural assets, significant Indigenous sites, historic locations and key destinations.

The Public Art Strategy and Masterplan provides a curatorial and technical framework for all new commissions, ensuring that the City of Melville’s public art collection is cohesive, curated, and surpasses industry best practice standards. This approach will enable the City of Melville to respond to new ideas about art, storytelling, interpretation and cultural expression.

View or download a copy of the Public Art Strategy and Masterplan here.

The development of the Public Art Strategy and Masterplan was informed by valuable community feedback. Thank you to all who contributed to this process. To find out more about the community consultation for the Public Art Strategy and Masterplan click here.


City of Melville Public Art Collection

The City of Melville’s public art collection consists of over 80 artworks which have been acquired through artist commissions, exhibition purchases, donations, community arts projects and ongoing programs such as the Adopt-a-Stop Bus Shelter Program and PHAZE Urban Art Program.

Public Art is integrated into City playgrounds, park landscaping and building designs and the City also encourages public art in private developments through its percent for art policy, Provision for Public Art in Development Proposals.

Download a map of showing locations of Public Artworks around the City or view a gallery of artworks in the collection here.

For more information, please email the Cultural Development Officer (Arts) or call

1300 635 845 | 9364 0666.

Public Art Strategy Community Survey

Who will be consulted?

Residents, ratepayers and visitors (for work or leisure) to the City of Melville have been consulted during the development of the City wide Public Art Strategy and Masterplan.

We asked, what makes good public art? How can art enhance our public space? This helped us define what makes living, visiting and exploring the City of Melville a vibrant and unique experience.

How will they be consulted?

An online survey was open for the duration of the Community Consultation and Feedback process. This survey is now closed.


A Pop Up Activation at the Palmyra Farmers Market was held on Sunday, 14 May. Thank you to everyone who came and provided their feedback.


Responses from the online survey and pop up activation will be collated and key findings will form the basis of the City of Melville Public Art Strategy and Masterplan.

What's happening with the consultation?

Response from the survey and feedback from the community will be collated and findings will form the basis of the City of Melville Public Art Strategy and Master Plan.

Let's talk about public art

Public art enriches and enhances our lives by:

• Contributing to a sense of place, interpreting and expressing the natural and cultural values of a particular site;

• Enhancing public enjoyment and understanding of places through the integration of art;

• Adding to the appearance, vibrancy and amenity of public spaces and their surrounding environment;

• Creating local landmarks and regional distinctiveness;

• Celebrating community values, diversity and build civic pride; and

• Improving wellbeing and social connectedness. The defining principle for public art is work created by an artist, for the purpose of enhancing a public space.

The City of Melville’s public art collection consists of over 80 artworks which have been acquired through artist commissions, exhibition purchases, donations, community arts projects and ongoing programs such as the Adopt-a-Stop Bus Shelter Program and PHAZE Urban Art Program. You can view a gallery of artworks in the collection here and tell us what you think.

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Some ideas about public art

Public art can be seen to encompass a variety of artforms and artistic approaches, both temporary and permanent, that engage with the sites and situations of the public realm to re-make a sense of place The type and categorisation of a public art opportunity is determined by:

• The role, function and significance of the site;

• The role, function and objectives of the proposed artwork; and

• Demographics of the site users.

This in turn determines the:

• Selection of artists;

• Type and categorization of the artwork;

• Size, scale, materials; and

• Budget and program.

There are three main types of public art:

INTEGRATED: integrated with the fabric of the built form, including building facades, walls, fences, balustrades, awnings, footpaths or with the natural environment, such as constructed landscaping STANDALONE: Free standing element, including sculptures, seating, shade structures and playscapes EPHEMERAL: Artwork which is intangible, temporary, evolving, changing, dynamic, kinetic, including projection art, light installations, green walls, water-based artwork, performances and events Public art can then be further categorized by its primary purpose as per the following