Council Adopts New Arts Policy

Published on Thursday, 5 May 2022 at 11:16:23 AM

The Shire of Dandaragan will establish a Public Arts Committee to make recommendations for public art projects as well as coordinate the selection of public art works for Council to endorse after the adoption of the Shire's Public Art and Percent for Art Policy in March.

The policy was formally adopted at Council’s March Ordinary Council Meeting in Jurien Bay.

It is the first time that the Shire of Dandaragan has had an Arts Policy.

Adoption of the Art Policy followed a recommendation from the Vibrant Communities Arts and Culture Plan adopted by Council in August 2020.

Feedback from business and the local community allowed the draft policy to be progressively refined and modified over time.

The objectives of the Art Policy are to:

  • Promote public awareness of the cultural, social, and economic value of art and culture by providing high-quality, innovative, inspiring, and diverse public art within the Shire of Dandaragan.
  • Be aspirational in our vision to enhance the utility and amenity of public places and spaces by incorporating public art into the built and natural environment to enhance sense of place and community identity.
  • Engage the community, activate imaginations, generate appreciation of cultural, natural and built heritage.
  • Encourage cultural tourism by increasing the appeal of the region to visitors through a variety of art forms and cultural practices.

          Achieving these objectives will be done by allocating 1% of the gross yield of budgeted rates income to public arts each financial year.  This boost in public arts spending will result in visible artworks within and around towns in the Shire.  In addition, the Shire will encourage private developers to undertake a commitment to allocate funds to public art when developing capital projects of $500,000 or more.  

          Establishment of the Shire's Public Arts Committee will occur over the coming months and the composition of the Committee will be announced after a terms of reference is endorsed by Council.

          To view the Policy, click the link below.

          Shire of Dandaragan Public Art and Percent for Art Policy

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