Town Centre Public Artworks - EOI submissions now closed

Council is currently reviewing more than 20 formal Expressions of Interest received from artists to bring community ideas to life in the form of gateway public artworks for Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

Through a series of public engagement events, and the 'Love Letters to Your Town' initiative, community members put forward hundreds of ideas for themes they wanted to see represented in art.

Now it’s the turn of the creatives. Expressions of Interest closed on 25 January 2017; interested artists were asked to submit designs that respond to themes in an artistic brief, developed from the community consultation.

The project is open to artists, arts collectives or public art design teams throughout Australia.

The total project budget for Murwillumbah is $55,000 and $25,000 for Kingscliff; inclusive of artist and insurance fees, installation, construction costs and material.

The proposed sites for the installation of public art are the Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street roundabout at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff’s freeway underpass on Wommin Bay Road.

The key themes from the community that came through for Kingscliff focused on representing coastal life and heritage while Murwillumbah’s ideas were about a vibrant art town and creative people. There were also strong environmental and indigenous heritage themes put forward for both locations.

Click here to find out more about the benefits.


Council is currently reviewing more than 20 formal Expressions of Interest received from artists to bring community ideas to life in the form of gateway public artworks for Murwillumbah and Kingscliff.

Through a series of public engagement events, and the 'Love Letters to Your Town' initiative, community members put forward hundreds of ideas for themes they wanted to see represented in art.

Now it’s the turn of the creatives. Expressions of Interest closed on 25 January 2017; interested artists were asked to submit designs that respond to themes in an artistic brief, developed from the community consultation.

The project is open to artists, arts collectives or public art design teams throughout Australia.

The total project budget for Murwillumbah is $55,000 and $25,000 for Kingscliff; inclusive of artist and insurance fees, installation, construction costs and material.

The proposed sites for the installation of public art are the Tweed Valley Way and Alma Street roundabout at Murwillumbah and Kingscliff’s freeway underpass on Wommin Bay Road.

The key themes from the community that came through for Kingscliff focused on representing coastal life and heritage while Murwillumbah’s ideas were about a vibrant art town and creative people. There were also strong environmental and indigenous heritage themes put forward for both locations.

Click here to find out more about the benefits.


  • WATCH - Love is in the air at Kingscliff and Murwillumbah

    8 months ago

    Love is in the air in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff with hundreds of local residents putting pen to paper to share their love for their towns and contribute ideas for public art.

    Council is commissioning two new public artworks in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff and is asking community members to share the themes they would like reflected in these works by writing a ‘love letter’.

    Hundreds of people shared the love with the help of the distinctive ‘Valentines’ professional letter writing service at the recent Murwillumbah Banana Festival and at the Kingscliff Shopping Village.

    There is still an opportunity for the community... Continue reading

    Love is in the air in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff with hundreds of local residents putting pen to paper to share their love for their towns and contribute ideas for public art.

    Council is commissioning two new public artworks in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff and is asking community members to share the themes they would like reflected in these works by writing a ‘love letter’.

    Hundreds of people shared the love with the help of the distinctive ‘Valentines’ professional letter writing service at the recent Murwillumbah Banana Festival and at the Kingscliff Shopping Village.

    There is still an opportunity for the community to join the conversation by at www.yoursaytweed.com.au/town-centre-public-artworks or by filling in the ‘love letter’ forms at Kingscliff or Murwillumbah libraries.


  • The proposed artwork sites

    9 months ago

    Two highly visible locations have been chosen for the public artwork sites in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff, with both situated within road reserves.

    The proposed site in Murwillumbah is the Alma Street roundabout at the intersection of Tweed Valley Way. This prominent location has long been regarded as the ‘gateway’ to Murwillumbah and will create a notable entry statement.

    The Kingscliff site, the underpass at Wommin Bay Road, creates a physical gateway to the coastal communities of Kingscliff and nearby villages. It provides an exceptional opportunity to create a memorable entry statement for the Tweed's coastal regions.


    Two highly visible locations have been chosen for the public artwork sites in Murwillumbah and Kingscliff, with both situated within road reserves.

    The proposed site in Murwillumbah is the Alma Street roundabout at the intersection of Tweed Valley Way. This prominent location has long been regarded as the ‘gateway’ to Murwillumbah and will create a notable entry statement.

    The Kingscliff site, the underpass at Wommin Bay Road, creates a physical gateway to the coastal communities of Kingscliff and nearby villages. It provides an exceptional opportunity to create a memorable entry statement for the Tweed's coastal regions.


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  • The function

    9 months ago

    Public art can perform many functions for a community.

    As well as enhancing each location's visual amenity, the public artworks proposed in this project will:

    • create a welcoming gateway to Murwillumbah and Kingscliff and their surrounds
    • highlight these major regional towns as destinations for cultural tourism
    • express community aspirations, enhance local identity and promote a sense of place
    • enhance cultural and natural heritage
    • create an opportunity to inspire and develop artistic talent
    • express a local creative identity

    The proposed art work at Wommin Bay Road will also serve to reduce the incidence of graffiti attacks, as well as creating an... Continue reading

    Public art can perform many functions for a community.

    As well as enhancing each location's visual amenity, the public artworks proposed in this project will:

    • create a welcoming gateway to Murwillumbah and Kingscliff and their surrounds
    • highlight these major regional towns as destinations for cultural tourism
    • express community aspirations, enhance local identity and promote a sense of place
    • enhance cultural and natural heritage
    • create an opportunity to inspire and develop artistic talent
    • express a local creative identity

    The proposed art work at Wommin Bay Road will also serve to reduce the incidence of graffiti attacks, as well as creating an attractive entrance.

    A prominent artwork at the Alma Street roundabout at will create links between the Murwillumbah town centre and the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, helping to tap into the large number of visitors to the Gallery and MOAC and attracting them to the town centre.


  • Calling all artists

    9 months ago

    In late 2016, Council will seek Expressions of Interests from artists wishing to submit a design proposal.

    Interested artists will be asked to submit designs that respond to themes in an artistic brief, developed from the current community consultation.

    Submissions will be assessed by Council’s Public Art Reference Group, in accordance with Council's Placemaking and Public art Policy.


    In late 2016, Council will seek Expressions of Interests from artists wishing to submit a design proposal.

    Interested artists will be asked to submit designs that respond to themes in an artistic brief, developed from the current community consultation.

    Submissions will be assessed by Council’s Public Art Reference Group, in accordance with Council's Placemaking and Public art Policy.


  • Sharing your love with the Valentines Professionals

    9 months ago
    Valentines consultants


    It was a labour of love for the Valentines Professional love letter writing service when the duo hit the streets for the Tweed Valley Banana Festival Parade and Festival Queen crowning event on Saturday 27 August.

    The Valentine Professionals helped festival goers put pen to paper and write a love letter to their town.

    Many festival goers told us what they love about their town and how those special characteristics, personalities or landscapes should be captured and celebrated in a new public artwork for each town.

    There are more opportunities for you to share your love... Continue reading


    It was a labour of love for the Valentines Professional love letter writing service when the duo hit the streets for the Tweed Valley Banana Festival Parade and Festival Queen crowning event on Saturday 27 August.

    The Valentine Professionals helped festival goers put pen to paper and write a love letter to their town.

    Many festival goers told us what they love about their town and how those special characteristics, personalities or landscapes should be captured and celebrated in a new public artwork for each town.

    There are more opportunities for you to share your love and ideas about the Murwillumbah and Kingscliff artworks.

    The Valentines Professional love letter writing service will also be appearing at an event in Kingscliff soon.

    Council will commission new public artworks for Murwillumbah and Kingscliff, to create attractive entrances to each locality and celebrate local identity and the environment.

    Online surveys are also open now to give you an easy, three-minute way to share your ideas and the characteristics that you think are important.

    Click here to complete the Kingscliff survey.

    Click here for the Murwillumbah survey.

    Photo credit: The Valentines by roundabouttheatre.net.au


  • Short and sweet way to share your love

    9 months ago
    Valentines professionals 3


    Tell us what you love about Kingscliff and Murwillumbah.

    How would you like to see your town celebrated through public art?

    Participate in a quick three-minute survey to share what you love about Kingscliff or Murwillumbah.

    What features, characteristics and people of these towns are important to you? What is your vision for your town? What existing physical and cultural features should be harnessed to reflect and strengthen a sense of place through art?

    Click here to complete the Kingscliff survey.

    Click here for the Murwillumbah survey.

    Photo... Continue reading


    Tell us what you love about Kingscliff and Murwillumbah.

    How would you like to see your town celebrated through public art?

    Participate in a quick three-minute survey to share what you love about Kingscliff or Murwillumbah.

    What features, characteristics and people of these towns are important to you? What is your vision for your town? What existing physical and cultural features should be harnessed to reflect and strengthen a sense of place through art?

    Click here to complete the Kingscliff survey.

    Click here for the Murwillumbah survey.

    Photo credit: The Valentines by roundabouttheatre.net.au