Southern Downs Regional Council is calling on the local arts community and interested residents to provide feedback on the 2021 draft Public Art Policy and its supporting Public Art Procedure.

Anchored by two exceptional regional galleries, the Southern Downs has a vibrant arts scene which is strongly supported through initiatives such as the Stanthorpe Art Prize and an annual calendar of diverse community-based festivals celebrating arts and culture.

Southern Downs Councillor Marco Gliori is an avid supporter of the arts and believes that the place making benefits of public art contributes greatly to a community’s mental health. “Cultural development is an integral part of a community’s identity which contributes to its growth, wellbeing and cohesion,” Councillor Gliori said. “We are living in extraordinary times and people long to find joy and belonging closer to home where they feel safe and celebrated.

“Public art enriches our built and natural environments, creates a sense of place and offers the opportunity to gather knowledge of our cultural heritage. And what a bonus for visitors to our region to gain an enhanced understanding of our local history and culture through well-placed interpreted public art!”

The 2021 draft Public Art Policy aims to establish Council’s role in arts and cultural development and will provide a vision and framework through which to identify key opportunities and strategies to drive public art installation on the Southern Downs. “This policy will be the blueprint that guides Council’s decision-making on the selection of public art and the strategic allocation of resources and we need the community’s feedback,” Councillor Gliori said.

The draft Public Art Policy is available on Council’s website under ‘Have Your Say’ and feedback can be directed to Belinda Armstrong, SDRC Community Services Coordinator at
[email protected] Submissions close 5pm Friday 30 July 2021.

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