Arts & Culture

We are proud of our rich and creative traditions, practices and aspirations in arts and culture, which reflect, shape and challenge our personal and community identities.

If you are an artist, performer or community organisation interested in arts and culture in your local community, please contact the Cultural Development Officer, Matthew Ives on 8372 5134 or email mives@unley.sa.gov.au

All Connections to Unley Art Prize

All Connections to Unley Art Prize invites South Australian artists, of all ages and career stages, to create artworks on their personal connection to the City of Unley.

Entries are now open for artworks in two and three dimensional mediums, including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, collage and new media.

A major prize of $5,000 is on offer to the overall winner, with an Elected Members Choice Award of $500 to be awarded to the finalist selected by the City of Unley's Elected Members.

All finalists will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery in June 2019 and on the City of Unley website.

Please read all competition details below and enter online.

 
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  • Prize Categories
    Artworks must fit within the theme of “All Connections to Unley.”

    All Connections to Unley Art Prize offers one open category for artists at all career stages, including hobbyists, emerging artists, mid and long term career artists.

    The prize on offer to the overall winner is $5,000.

    A $500 award is offered for the EM Choice Award for artworks selected by the Elected Members. 

    Please note, this competition will be managed as non-acquisitive, meaning winning artwork will not be retained by the City of Unley, but will be for sale during the exhibition or returned to the artist at the conclusion of the exhibition if unsold.
  • Exhibition & Display
    Finalists will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery in June 2019 and on the City of Unley website.
     
    The winning artwork will be reproduced as posters on public bins in the City of Unley and limited edition bin stickers available to residents of the City of Unley.

    Finalists will be exhibited in an online gallery on the City of Unley website from June 2019.
  • Important Dates
    15 December 2018 Entries Open
    8 April 2019 Entries Close
    10 May 2019 Finalists to be notified via email
    10 May 2019 Finalists published on City of Unley website
    5 June 2019 Delivery of selected finalist works to Hughes Gallery
    7 June – 27 June 2019 Finalist Exhibition dates 
    7 June 2019 Exhibition Launch and announcement of winner
    1 July 2019 Collection of artworks from Hughes Gallery
    12 July 2019 Announcement of the EM Choice Award winner
  • Theme
    Works must have a real or imagined connection to the City of Unley.  Works must represent, be an interpretation of, or be inspired by, currently or historically, the Unley area. 

    The artist must be South Australian, but does not need to reside in Unley. 

    Artworks must demonstrate a thematic connection to Unley. 

    A short (60 word) statement entered with the artwork will describe how the work fits with the theme.
  • Medium
    Artworks may be two or three dimensional. The winning work will be reproduced in two dimensional, portrait format. Works in any medium are accepted.

    Two dimensional works must not exceed 100 x 100 cm (no side may be greater than 100cm).

    Three dimensional works must not be larger than 1 square metre.

    All works must be ready for display with plinths, display equipment, AV equipment and hooks.  These will not be supplied by the organisers.
  • Judging
    All works submitted will be subject to a pre-selection process by the judging panel based upon the digital images submitted.  The pre-selected finalist list will be published on the City of Unley website from 10 May 2019. Finalists will be notified if they have been shortlisted via email on 10 May 2019.  All notification and correspondence will be via email.  Finalist artworks will be exhibited at the Hughes Gallery from 7 June- 28 June 2019.

    The judging panel will select the prize winning work of art at the exhibition from those works selected as finalists and exhibited in the finalist exhibition at Hughes Gallery. The winners will be announced at the exhibition launch event on Friday 7 June 2019.

    Selection is made from submission material and is based on which entries best respond to the curatorial theme of All Connections to Unley.

    The panel decision is final and may not be appealed.

    The judging panel will be:
    • A City of Unley Elected Member
    • Art industry representative (artist/curator)
    • City of Unley Cultural Development Coordinator


     
  • Entries
    In preparation for submitting your entry online, please consider:
    • Your Artwork’s title and size (in cm)
    • The medium/s used
    • Your retail price (the total amount you wish your work to be sold for, including 22% commission)
    • Supplying a digital image. Your image must be 300dpi and no larger than 10MB. Remember the judging panel will be selecting finalists based on the image you upload, so please ensure the image shows your artwork as clearly as possible. For further advice on images please email unleyartprize@unley.sa.gov.au

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    Artists at all career stages, including hobbyists, emerging artists, mid and long term career artists

    Enquiries email unleyartprize@unley.sa.gov.au or phone 8372 5111.
     

  • Terms & Conditions
    Judges decision is final.
     
    Artists are responsible for the safety of artworks during transport and delivery to the venue. Upon receipt the artworks will be inspected for damage prior to being accepted. Damaged works will not be accepted and will not be included in the finalist exhibition.
     
    While the City of Unley will take all precautions to ensure artworks are handled, stored and exhibited safely, City of Unley does not insure artworks whilst on exhibition or take responsibility for damages, theft or loss while the works are in its custody.  Artists are encouraged to insure artworks included in the exhibition at their own cost. 
     
    In submitting the online entry, the entrant acknowledges that they have read, understood and accepted all the terms and conditions.

Echo Public Art Project

“Echo“
 
Echo is a permanent public art project for the City of Unley by artist Jason Sims. It will be located in Heywood Park, Unley Park near the southern side intersection of King William Road and Northgate Street.
 
Echo is a large-scale geometric sculpture that will use the properties of light and reflection to create a simple illusion of space and form.
 
Echo will have a significant presence and impact which has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. It has been designed to reflect the value the City of Unley places on community, heritage and the environment, and thus provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

 

The playful, interactive nature of the work ensures it will be accessible and engaging for all age groups and reflects the City’s focus on community and the park’s role as a communal space designed to support health and wellness.
 
It will foster connectedness, requiring two or more people, one in the role of player and the other viewer, to enjoy elements of its interactive nature and has the potential to become a ‘selfie spot’ that becomes iconic to Unley and beloved by locals. Echo will significantly contribute to the park’s renewed appeal and vibrancy, as well as increasing awareness and enjoyment of public art.
 
Echo builds upon a growing amount of high quality and well respected artworks in the public realm commissioned by the City of Unley. It is the most significant and largest artwork the City of Unley has commissioned to date.

 

“Heywood Park“
 
Echo has already been recognised as the most significant large scale piece of public art in 2019 in South Australia with the award of funding from Arts South Australia. This Major Commission funding is only given for one project per year.
 
Fabrication will commence at the end of March 2019.
 
Site preparation, construction and installation is planned to commence late July 2019 for a period of two weeks.
 
Please refer to below FAQ section for additional information. Additional information and updates will be provided as the project develops.
 
  • What is public arts in Unley?
    In 2014 the City of Unley endorsed the comprehensive Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy 


    Part of this Strategy addressed ‘What is Public Arts in Unley’ (pages 8,9) and Guiding Principles (pages 12,13).

  • What is Echo?

    Echo is a permanent public art project for the City of Unley by artist Jason Sims.

    Echo is a large-scale geometric sculpture (approximately 4m high x 4.5m wide x 3m deep) that will use the properties of light and reflection to create a simple illusion of space and form.

    Echo is the principal project in Year 5 of the City of Unley’s Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy. Prior to the selection of this artwork, this project was known as Centrepiece.

    It is to be in Heywood Park, Unley Park - southern side intersection of King William Road and Northgate Street.

    The key themes of the artwork are to reflect local heritage, the environment and community using a contemporary sculpture which invites audiences to interact.

    From the side, the sculpture will be formed of a copper-clad tetrahedron (or triangular pyramid) missing one of its four points and its opposite face. From the front and back, viewers will be able to see within and through this form. Its internal surfaces will comprise of mirrored stainless steel and reflect in such a way as to create a kind of kaleidoscope forming the illusion of an icosahedron (or geometric ball) hovering within. The icosahedron will be formed of a collection of triangles reflecting the environment directly behind and adjacent to the sculpture.

    Inherently playful, the work will invite interaction. While the illusion within will be formed of reflections of the surrounding environment, these may include those of viewers who stand behind the work in line with the triangular void. The work will be positioned on one of its points and nestle into a grassy mound designed to conceal any structural supports and facilitate access to the rear triangular void (or viewing window), inviting people of all ages to engage with the work.

  • What is its artistic merit?

    Echo will be a unique, large-scale work with significant presence and impact that has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. Reflecting the value the City of Unley places on community and the environment, the work has been designed to provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

    Its scale and aesthetic qualities will ensure it is visible and engaging both from a distance and on closer inspection. From afar, the work will be bold and intriguing. Its dynamic geometric form will contrast with the surrounding natural environment and arouse curiosity among passers-by, including motorists.

    Comprising a series of interesting tensions, the sculpture’s natural copper finish (that will patina over time) will contrast with its highly polished interior; its dynamic geometric form will juxtapose with the natural environment within which it sits; and the seemingly static nature of the work from afar will contrast with the ever-changing reflections found within.

    “I’ve always been interested in trying to create work that facilitates a very visceral experience for the viewer and instigates a kind of tug war between instinct and intellect whereby (hopefully) intellect surrenders, and the viewer allows the illusion to take hold. I like to think that exercising our imagination can change the way we perceive the world around us and how we question assumed truths.  On closer inspection, the work will surprise viewers able to see within and through the form. Capturing a kaleidoscope of reflections, the illusion of space created within its core will have a seductive quality, playing with people’s perceptions as is reflects and re-presents / maps and re-maps the surrounding environment and those who choose to interact with it. Broadly speaking, the intent of my work is not to tell a predetermined story but rather to create an object that reflects its environment, invites interaction and serves as a vehicle for contemplation so that it is accessible to all, ever-evolving and speaks directly to viewers.” Jason Sims.

     
  • Can I touch and interact with the artwork?

    The playful, interactive nature of the work ensures it will be accessible and engaging for all age groups and reflects the City’s focus on community and the park’s role as a communal space designed to support health and wellness.

    It will foster connectedness, requiring two or more people, one in the role of player and the other viewer, to enjoy elements of its interactive nature and has the potential to become a ‘selfie spot’ that becomes iconic to Unley and beloved by locals.

    Echo will significantly contribute to the park’s renewed appeal and vibrancy, as well as increasing awareness and enjoyment of public art.

     

  • What will it be made from?

    The sculpture is clad with copper. Its internal surfaces will comprise of mirrored stainless steel.

    The front will be supported by a concrete retaining wall and this will be placed on a new landscaped, grassed mound.

    Three concrete steps will be built in to the mound at the rear of the sculpture.

  • What is its size?

    The sculpture is 4m high, 4.5m wide and 3m deep.

    The front will be supported by a concrete retaining wall that is 7.5m across.

    The sculpture will be placed on a new landscaped, grassed mound that will be 8m deep.

  • Who is the artist?

    Jason Sims is a South Australian artist who has been a practicing visual artist for around 10 years. Working in the realm of perceptual art, he creates wall works, free-standing sculptures, large-scale installations and public artworks that incorporate light and reflection to create simple illusions of space and form.

    Jason has exhibited across Australia as well as in Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK and the USA. His work is held in major public and private collections, including Artbank, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and the Gippsland Art Gallery, and he is represented by commercial galleries in Melbourne, the USA and the Netherlands.

    As a public artist, Jason has completed two major pieces of public art in recent times in Adelaide and Melbourne. Golden Rhombohedronron (actue) is a large scale glass sculpture on Bank Street, Adelaide as part of the Market to Riverbank project. MDLU 77920154 is a freestanding sculpture which acknowledges the working history of the Docklands and also its new life as a regenerated residential and entertainment hub.

  • Are there other parties involved in the artwork?

    Armature Design will partner with Jason on the design, fabrication and installation of the project. They have collaborated on over 50 commercial projects throughout Australia and South East Asia.

    Brister and Co will fabricate all the metal components. They have experience of fabricating other iconic stainless steel public artworks including Spheres in Rundle Mall, Adelaide.

    Partridge Engineering have reviewed all aspects of the design and installation and provide certification.

    Ink Design and Construction will undertake the landscaping elemenst and have over 18 years experience including other work commissioned by the City of Unley.

    Other professional and experienced sub-contractors will be taken on to complete individual elements of the final artwork.

  • What is the benefit of this work?

    Echo is a unique, large-scale work with significant presence and impact which  has the potential to become an iconic public artwork. It has been designed to reflect the value the City of Unley places on community and the environment, and thus provide a unique, creative and cultural expression of Unley.

    Echo builds upon a growing amount of high quality and well respected artworks in the public realm commissioned by the City of Unley.

    Echo has already been recognised as the most significant large scale piece of public art in 2019 with the award of funding from Arts South Australia. This Major Commission funding is only given for one project per year.

  • Why Heywood Park?

    Following a lengthy study on locations around the City of Unley which would benefit from quality public arts, Heywood Park was considered to be the key iconic space which would be further enhanced and acknowledged by a major piece of public art, particularly considering it is the entry/gateway to King William Road.

    In Year 4 of the Public Art Strategy, Arts In Your Space was a fresh, pilot project with the approach of giving established and emerging artists choices about the sites to produce pieces in high profile locations. This was based on the ongoing feedback we had received from the community. This resulted in 6 projects including walking trails with virtual artistic connections, contemporary sculptures in parks and ovals and on shared pathways, large scale two dimensional artworks and basketball court murals.

    In Year 5, Council had committed to a major commission, known in the Strategy as ‘Centrepiece’. We wished to follow the same principles as Arts In Your Space and allow some choices for sites.

    When Council originally gave artists the opportunity to identify locations in Unley to display a major piece of public art, over 90% gravitated towards Heywood Park. They highlighted the Indigenous, heritage, environmental and community significance of Heywood Park. 

    The site planned at Heywood Park offers an expanse of green space which will provide plenty of room for viewers to safely engage with the work while ensuring it is still visible and engaging from the street/passing traffic. It is a pre-eminent position at the top of King William Road and aims to be a significant ‘gateway’ in to an iconic park in the City of Unley.

    “Given the park’s history and the foresight shown by those who recognised the value of the site as a space for the community to enjoy the natural environment, in particular Mayor Langham (who was instrumental in the acquisition of the land in the early 1900s), I felt it was important to create a work that reflects and celebrates the park and the people who enjoy it on a daily basis.” Jason Sims.

  • Why this exact location at Heywood Park?

    ​The placement of the artworks in this spot was based on several factors:

    • The work is considered respectful of the landscape it will reside and literally reflects the local environment and heritage.
    • ​High profile location at the top of King William Road with maximum exposure to park users and passers-by.
    • Given the key themes of community, environment and heritage, the artwork has been placed carefully that when viewing from the front, the obelisk and one large gum tree was also in the person’s line of sight in to the distance.
    • The site requires no removal of trees and minimum disruption to the immediate environment including underground infrastructure.
    • The rear of the piece can be seen from the senior playground for further exploration by curious children.
  • How much does it cost?

    Echo has a budget of $200,000.

    A total budget of $126,000 was committed by Council to scope, develop and implement this project through its 2018/19 Annual Budget and Business Plan.

    Arts South Australia supported this project with funding of $86,000 (Seed Funding and Major Commission funding).

  • Is this a good use of ratepayer money?

    Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy intentionally expresses the potential that public arts have to engage and interact with the community of Unley directly. A key intention of the Strategy is how to involve the community authentically, using participation as a primary condition of public art in Unley through this strategy.

    Involve Unley: Public Arts Strategy considers how public arts can create unique experiences for the community and how the City of Unley can develop an ‘experience economy’. The Strategy aims to activate spaces through public arts experiences which will support and encourage a sense of community and connection. The types of public art and actions recommended by the Strategy are designed to encourage cultural animation and social engagement throughout the City.

  • What was the process to determine this artwork and site?

    Council’s public arts approval process has remained mostly the same over the past 12 years and is a generally followed procedure in all public sector commissioning across South Australia.

    Echo was the outcome Year 5 of the Public Arts Strategy called Centrepiece. In the development of the Strategy and subsequent ongoing discussions with community over time and with Elected Members, as representatives of their local communities, Heywood Park was identified as a high profile site for public artworks to reflect its unique position in the Unley landscape and as one of our ‘successful’ parks with diverse users.

    This project was endorsed by Council through its 2018/19 Annual Budget and Business Plan.

    From here a brief was developed for artists and distributed through the normal professional arts networks.

    Expressions of interest were sought and artists were shortlisted by a panel made of an independent arts professional for Arts South Australia, Guildhouse representatives, staff with experience in the public realm and Elected Members. A clear criteria is always used to rank and approve the artists to go from expressions of interest through to the final selection of 3 teams of artists.

    Preferred artists then go through detailed design with independent risk assessment before final approval from staff and Elected Members.

    After this the project goes into final fabrication, installation and commission.

    Jason Sims was chosen from a range of high quality applicants and concepts. Jason’s proposal was the stand out proposal for uniqueness, innovation and relationship to the local environment. Already a destination, Echo encourages our community to view Heywood Park as a highly valuable cultural asset through Jason’s artistic lens and support the Council in enhancing its reputation as a champion for arts in the public realm.

    Echo has been subsequently chosen to be the only funded Major Commission project of Arts South Australia chosen from applications by Councils and other organisations from around the State. This funding is assessed by a peer assessment panel with final approval by the Premier Steven Marshall in his role as responsible for The Arts.

  • What is the City of Unley’s status in the public art sector for South Australia?

    Artists’ creativity, vision and professional development, diversity of practice and community aspirations are at the heart of all work which has been commissioned in the last 10 years. Unley has a reputation as a leader and innovator for arts in the public realm. Strong collaborations with arts organisations such as Open Space Contemporary Arts, SA Writers Centre, SALA Festival and Guildhouse have opened doors for more artists from all around South Australia to participate in arts in the public realm than before.

    The City of Unley has funded and delivered countless arts-based projects. In the last 4 years alone, the City of Unley has committed over $ 345 000 plus staff time to arts projects in the public realm.

    The City of Unley has been a long time supporter of public art by established artists. In recent times Council has commissioned notable artists such as Marijana Tadic, Greg Healy, Nicholas Uhlmann, Rick Clise, Vans the Omega and Seb Humphreys. Council has supported professional development for emerging artists through Carclew’s City Sites project and Future Child (with support from Arts SA) at Heywood Park by Jacqueline Barmentloo in 2009.

    Since 2014 the City of Unley has created and delivered projects such as linger longer, Found, out, All Connections to Unley, Emerging Art Walls, Four Elements rejuvenation, Water Tanks exhibition, Goodwood Road Streetscape and Discover Historic Goodwood. Documentation of these projects can be found at www.unley.sa.gov.au/arts.

    Echo is a significant financial, philosophical and policy commitment by the City of Unley. Echo is an opportunity for the City of Unley to contribute a valuable addition to the State’s collection of iconic public art pieces.

    In recent times, this reputation has been acknowledged with funding from Arts South Australia for Arts In Your Space and most significantly, the Public Art and Design Major Commission for Echo in 2018/19. This major commission is only given to one project, once a year, and is considered to be the most prestigious funding in public art in South Australia.

  • When will the project start and end? How long will it take to install?

    Detailed Design has been submitted. This includes the final concepts, engineering specifications, safety and environmental considerations, and technical specifications and fabrication.

    It is planned that fabrication will commence at the end of March 2019.

    Site preparation, construction and installation is planned to commence late July 2019 for a period of two weeks.

     

  • How much disruption will there be?

    Site preparation, construction and installation is planned to commence late July 2019 for a period of two weeks.

    Installation will be conducted in a way that is sensitive to the Park and its users and minimizes any disruption.

    Any site preparation will be undertaken within an area less than 40m2 that is inaccessible to the general public.  Wherever possible construction will take place off site.

  • Will the park be permanently damaged?

    Installation will be conducted in a way that is sensitive to the Park and its users and minimizes any disruption.

    Full site remediation will be undertaken following installation.

  • Will the structure have lighting?

    It is anticipated that subtle lighting will be used to illuminate the sculpture at night, via movement activated sensors.

    This lighting component will be incorporated in to the plans and installation of the Smart Cities Project being managed concurrently with Echo.

    All lighting will be directed at the sculpture and will not cause any reflection over a wider distance.

    Subtle lighting will also be used to feature the obelisk memorial.

  • Will the structure cause any glare?

    A full solar study has been conducted to assess the impact of reflected sunlight in the surrounding area. This involved using a specialised computer program to position the sculpture in the park and simulate the movement of the sun over the course of a year.

    The primary aim of the study was to determine if the reflective surfaces within the sculpture caused any significant flare issues for motorists on King William Rd. and Northgate St. Particular focus was placed on traffic travelling west to east on Northgate St. and traffic travelling south to north on King William Rd. approaching the T-junction. Solar flare on any of the park’s surrounding properties was also assessed.

    The study identified some solar flare within the focus zones, mainly during the winter months, but it is not of considerable scale or duration. The artwork’s angle and position are considered optimal for mitigating the potential risk to motorists while maintaining visual impact, and properties are screened by foliage/fencing.

  • What will happen if the artworks are damaged?

    Minor damage can be rectified with cleaning agents and buffing. Major vandalism may require replacement of panels.

    The City of Unley will be responsible for maintenance.

  • What is the life of the artwork?

    It is hard to estimate the exact life. But subject to maintenance, the artwork should have a life of at least 20 years.

  • How does this reflect the heritage of the park?
    Given the park’s history and the foresight shown by those who recognised the value of the site as a space for the community to enjoy the natural environment, in particular Mayor Langham (who was instrumental in the acquisition of the land in the early 1900s), the work has been designed to reflect and celebrate the park and the people who enjoy it on a daily basis.
  • What is Echo’s relationship to the other projects at Heywood Park?

    Cutting-edge technology and a new playground will be installed at Heywood Park, making it a focal point for Council this year.

    The City of Unley has secured a $264,000 Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant from the Federal Government to integrate smart technology at Heywood Park, improving safety and usability of the popular park and reducing operating and maintenance costs.

    It is also the recipient of $150,000 from the State Government’s Fund My Neighbourhood initiative for a mini ninja obstacle course in the park. Echo will complement this commitment to a suite of community friendly, interactive features.

    King William Road is also in the process of a re-design which will integrate public art. Echo will sit at the top of a new King William Road once all phases have been completed.

  • Where can I find out more about these other projects?

    Once final plans have been approved by Council, further information will be made available on Council’s website.

  • Have local residents had input into the selection of the artwork?

    The consultation process for Council’s Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy engaged many residents who listed Heywood park as a priority location for public arts.

    Appropriate selection of the artwork followed industry practice and was made by an expert and representative panel.

  • Is there an opportunity for community input into this project?

    Echo was the outcome of Year 5 of the Public Arts Strategy called Centrepiece. In the development of the Strategy and subsequent ongoing discussions with community over time and with Elected Members, as representatives of their local communities, Heywood Park was identified as a high profile site for public artworks to reflect its unique position in the Unley landscape and as one of our ‘successful’ parks with diverse users.

    There is no opportunity for community input in this project at this stage.

    Following the completion of the three projects underway in Heywood Park it is planned to have a celebration at the Park.

  • I want to provide feedback. What will you do with it?

    Your feedback will be considered and answered where appropriate.

  • Who will maintain the artwork?

    The artwork will be maintained by the City of Unley following completion of the commission. A maintenance schedule will be provided by the artist.

  • Will it block the obelisk and/or other features of the Park?

    The obelisk and the local flora will be further featured by this new contemporary sculpture and ‘reflected’ in the stainless steel panels.

  • What are you doing about the other historic memorials in the Park?

    The obelisk in the middle of the park and original entry pillars at the top of Westall Street will be rejuvenated by pressure cleaning, re-pointing and painting by professional heritage restorers.

  • Will you be removing trees?

    No trees are to be removed at any stage of the installation of the artworks.

  • How will you assess the artwork from a safety perspective?

    All safety issues regarding the elements of the artwork, its construction, installation and final site is being managed by the artists and overseen and approved by staff of the City of Unley.

  • Are you encouraging people to climb on the artwork?

    No. The artworks are not a piece of playground equipment. However, people are encouraged to engage appropriately with the artwork.

  • Does the artwork require planning and building approval?

    The size of the structure does not require planning approval. Building approval will be given based on the engineering plans submitted and safety requirements undertaken.

Arts In Your Space

Arts In Your Space is the Year 4 initiative of our Public Arts Strategy.
 
This project encouraged selected artists to re-consider highly visible locations in Unley as cultural canvases, and supports Council in reviving interest for art in public spaces.
 
Arts In Your Space provided opportunities for artists to make a statement, selecting from a choice of potential sites in Unley’s public realm.
 
Six diverse, exciting and unique public arts projects were commissioned across the Council area which are memorable additions to our evergrowing public gallery.
 
This project has been supported by a public art and design grant from Arts South Australia.

  • Unley Colour Court – Page Park, Clarence Park

    Potentially the first basketball court mural in South Australia, and maybe Australia, Unley Colour Court has been produced by artist Matt Fortrose for the City of Unley. Drop by and check out Unley Colour Court at Page Park, the first of our ‘Arts In Your Space’ projects.
     
    Post a selfie of you and others on the basketball court on Instagram #unleycolourcourt #funley #cityofunley  

    Matthew Fortrose is an experienced street artist whose artworks are a contemporary response to the heritage tones found within the Unley area. The deeper shades of slate and cream are reflective of bluestone and sandstone, materials often used in the construction of earlier housing in Unley.

  • This time another year – Henry Codd Reserve, Parkside
    This time another year
     

    Two contemporary 2m white mild steel sculptural artworks by artist Bridget Currie are complemented by Giant Sea Squill and Native Chocolate Lily bulbs within their space, which will give the sculptures a different perspective with the changing seasons. Bridget is one of Adelaide’s foremost contemporary artists represented by Greenaway Gallery and has exhibited around the world. These sculptures are among the first contemporary conceptual artworks we have commissioned in the public realm. Bridget explains,

    “The form of the sculptural elements is abstract, developed intuitively in relation to the site. What is a visitor to the Henry Codd Reserve thinking? The action of walking, memories, abstract thoughts, sensory information from the environment are all layered together. As we float in our own thoughts it is imagined that the white sculptural forms will float in the park setting providing a moment of stillness and contemplation.

    Ideas of regeneration, time and transcience are evoked by the life cycle of a bulb. The cyclical nature of flowering bulbs allows an element of anticipation and familiarity to develop for members of the local community and regular users of the park. I hope that the growth of the bulbs within the structure becomes a regular event that can be looked forward to and enjoyed with pride by the local community."
     

  • The Beehives of Goodwood – Goodwood Oval, Millswood
    The Beehives of Goodwood
     

    Two mild steel domes representing bee hives have been created by artist Ellen Schlobohm close to the playground and subtly placed in the mulch beneath the cork trees but clearly visible from the main oval. Ellen explains,

    “The design for the dome reflects a beehive and its inhabitants. Bees live in communities and work together to prosper and grow. This reflects the way the community within the City of Unley comes together for events, makes way for new infrastructure and supports local businesses and produce. The domes celebrate community and emphasise the value of coming together, to work, to live and to thrive. My proposed site for the domes is Goodwood Oval which is an important part of this community. Locals come to watch sporting matches, host family picnics and enjoy the fantastic playground area. The space connects people from all aspects of the community and can only be enhanced with public art which will be enjoyed for years to come.

    I also chose to use the hive and bee motifs in my designs as I believe it is important to recognise the vital role that bees play in our overall ecosystem and the impact modern society has had on their natural environment. We need to encourage our bee populations to grow in a way that is sustainable and healthy for both the bees and the community. The domes encourage people to consider this issue and provides a starting point for conversations between parents and their children about respecting our environment.”

  • Ways of walking – everyday journeys of citizens of Unley
    Ways of walking
     

    Ways of Walking is a walking tour of everyday walks and unique experiences of local people in Malvern, Highgate, Fullarton and Myrtle Bank. Artist Cynthia Schwertsik gathered stories, memories and activities of local residents through community engagement at Highgate Primary School, Fullarton Park Community Centre and other Council facilities. Cynthia has re-told their stories on stobie pole signs (which pay homage to our everyday regulatory street signage) and re-interpreted them with videos, photos and images. By downloading the QR Code app you can enjoy 20 mini-artworks and “reveal the pleasures encountered by residents every day and open a portal to share the joy both in the real space as well as in the virtual” (Cynthia Schwertsik).

    Ways of Walking is part of an ongoing series of walking trails and are available by using the IZI.travel app. Go to the App Store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL, work your way through the introduction and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen to reveal Discover Historic Goodwood. And don’t forget to download the QR code app as well.

    Please check out Discover Historic Goodwood, Discover Historic Unley, Goodwood Road Streetscape artworks and, during SALA Festival, SALA in Unley.

     

  • Poolside - Forestville Reserve, Forestville
    Poolside
     

    This 18 metre artwork created by Project2Project is a celebration of the Unley Swimming Centre creating a strong sense of nostalgia and fun. Using historical and contemporary images on the rear wall of the Swimming Centre’s change rooms, this image will make you come back time and again to see the many contemporary ’disruptions’ Project2Project have added. As they say,

    “We believe that artworks in the public realm should engage the viewer multiple times and to this end we create work that is playful and has a sense of discovery: hidden treasures to be experienced over time.”

  • This way and that – Culvert Street, Parkside
    This way and that
     

    Two colourful 2.8m concrete and steel sculptures created by artist Cheryll Johns are a playful expression on the amount of signage we have in our public realm and ‘directs’ the large amount of pedestrians and cyclists who travel in both directions along Glen Osmond Creek. Cheryll says,

    “This way and that’ is a response to the pathways winding through the site. A tongue in cheek twist on signage. A thoroughfare doesn’t have to be seen as a disadvantage. A path is a shared space where different people’s journeys cross and intersect, take u-turns and about-faces. Life isn’t ruled by a straight path. People smile at each other, wave, stop and talk to each other bringing their own personal take on the world with them, touching other’s world as they pass another. Individual moments come together to form a collective experience. This is the value of a public pathway. ‘This way and that’ celebrates inclusive spaces for everyone’s journey.

    Bright and uplifting, these figures are attention seekers designed to steal moments from pedestrian’s everyday routine to encourage them to take in their surroundings. They are a reason to stop, appreciate and enjoy the space. These sculptures are friendly and accessible in feel. They are a discussion point, drawing the public through the Culvert Street site to see them.”

Discover Historic Goodwood

Discover Historic Goodwood is a free self-guided walking tour app, which will take you on a journey of Goodwood like no other before. 
 
Discover Historic Goodwood will walk you through the strange and intriguing stories of people and buildings past and present along Goodwood Road. Take a leisurely tour to visit 14 stops, listen to stories by local people, view historical photographs and discover the history behind each place.
 
Earlier this year we asked our community to share their stories of Goodwood with the assistance of Open Space Contemporary Arts and various artists. 10 of these stories are included in the text, photographic and audio tour.
 
14 pavers entitled Discover Historic Goodwood, manufactured by Smart Artisans, help guide you round the trail.

  • Download the App

    Go to the App Store on your phone, download izi.TRAVEL, work your way through the introduction and go to 'all guides' at the bottom of the screen to reveal Discover Historic Goodwood.

  • Historic Walking Trails in Unley

    Discover Historic Goodwood is part of an ongoing series of historic walking trails, including Discover Historic Unley which was launched in 2014 and the Unley Road Traders’ Business History Makers in 2016. 

    More information on these can be found at the Unley Museum at 80 Edmund Avenue, Unley.

  • Acknowledgements

    We say thank you all in our community who participated in this project.

    Discover Historic Goodwood is a collaboration between Open Space Contemporary Arts, Alyssa Hill Consulting, Smart Artisans, the vibrant Goodwood community and the City of Unley.
     
    Project management: City of Unley and Open Space Contemporary Arts
    Historical content and images: Unley Museum
    Story collectors: Emma Beech and Susie Skinner
    Sound design: Jason Sweeney
    App management: Alyssa Hill Consulting
    Streetscape pavers: Smart Artesans

Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade Art Projects

Four new public arts projects are on display along Goodwood Road. The projects are part of the 2017 Goodwood Road Streetscape Upgrade. Over 15 artists and numerous community individuals and organisations have contributed to shaping and producing these artworks.

All contributors and creatives worked under the guiding principle that the artworks should reflect the character of the Goodwood Road Precinct by being colourful, accessible, casual, surprising, engaging, welcoming, social and playful/whimsical.
 
The City of Unley wishes to acknowledge the professional assistance provided by Brecknock Consulting, Groundplay and Jensen Planning and Design throughout this project.
 

View detailed documentation on all the artworks on our project page.

Photos: Sam Oster/ Silvertrace

Emerging Art Walls

The Emerging Art Walls project is an ongoing street art initiative which aims to enliven and enhance spaces around the City of Unley and create a strong feeling of identity, community pride and ownership. In 2015, the community were asked to nominate walls or infrastructure suitable for murals .These artworks were completed in late 2016. The themes for the murals range from our role in guarding nature, the relationship between the natural and built worlds and local community members.
 


Lead Artist: Seb Humphreys
Artists: Buff Dis, Jimmy Dodd, Kab101, Order55, Thom Buchanan, Vans the Omega
Photos and moving images: Sam Roberts and Rumpus Room Studio

 

Emerging Art Walls has been proudly sponsored by Crowies Paints.
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Public Arts Strategy

Our Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy seeks to set a new example of how public arts can be conceived, developed, implemented and sustained. The Strategy provides directions for the commissioning of public arts that are creative, relevant and contemporary and also increase awareness, as well as complement the qualities and values of the City of Unley.

Since 2014/15, Involve Unley Public Arts Strategy has created a program of public arts commissioning and support, which stimulates thinking, invites interaction, celebrates diversity, allows for contemplation and even questions our assumptions.

This Strategy includes:

  • Objectives, principles and types of art that will underpin the delivery of public arts over the next five years
  • Actions and pilot projects involving different types of public arts
  • The City of Unley Public Arts Policy


For further information, please contact the Cultural Development Coordinator on 8372 5134 or email mives@unley.sa.gov.au.

 
Public Arts Strategy

 

Past Projects & Galleries

Discover arts projects and events recently held in the City of Unley.
  • Four Elements Public Art Rejuvenation Project
    Four Elements is a public art work on the Unley Village Green by John Davis, created in 1980. The artwork references and celebrates the four elements of earth, wind, water and fire and has been enjoyed by many local residents, families and school children. It has become an iconic piece of public art in Unley. In 2016 it was rejuvenated and re-expressed by Greg Healey, who added additional features to the artwork such as a soundscape that references running water and a visual representation of water made of steel.
     
    Lead Artist: Greg Healey
    Collaborators: Sandpit (experiential design firm) and Hugo Mount (stonemason)
    Photos:  Silvertrace Photography by Samantha Oster
  • All Connections to Unley Art Prize 2016

    All Connections to Unley Art Prize was offered for the first time in 2016. South Australian artists, young people and children were invited to create artworks drawing on their personal connection to the City of Unley. Entries were open to artworks in two dimensional mediums, including painting, photography, drawing, printmaking, collage and new media.

    ​In May 2016, the finalists and winners in each of the categories were presented in an exhibition at the Hughes Gallery, Fullarton Park Community Centre. The finalists were selected by the judging panels to be at the highest level of the entry collective. These artists were selected based on technique, creativity and engagement with the theme of “All Connections to Unley”. Karen Paris has curated this exhibition.

    On Friday 6 May at the Hughes Gallery, Mayor Lachlan Clyne presented the prizes to the winners.

    Open Category: Peter Barnes

    Prize: $5,000

     Peter Barnes - God & Mammon photograph
    God & Mammon - Inkjet print on Canson Baryta Photographique

    Youth Category: Emma

    Prize: $1,000 plus mentorship or short course (value $500)

     Emma - Suburban Fairy Tale watercolour
    Suburban Fairy-tale - Watercolour

     

    Children Category: Yike

    Prize: $500 worth of art making materials

     Yike - The Purple Unley watercolour
    The Purple Unley - Watercolour

    People's Choice: Sarah McDonald
    Art School at Sunset Fullarton Park Centre
    The Art School at Sunset, Fullarton Park Centre – Oil on linen


    The artworks of the winners in each of the categories have been reproduced on selected public bins across the City of Unley. Now a limited edition sticker set for residents’ blue bins is available to Unley residents. Phone Customer Service on 8372 5111 to get hold of your set.

  • Interactive Dance Play at Mud Central | April 2016
    Mud Central was a large family event held at Ridge Park, Myrtle Bank in April 2016 and attended by approximately 4,000 children and parents. The event aimed to encourage children and their families to connect, be creative and play with nature and in this case, mud! The artists used music, dance and performance to inspire mud play, contemplation and hands-on learning.
        
    Artists: Billie Cook, Cinzia Schincariol, Katerina Stevens
    Creative Producer: Billie Cook
    Photos: Silvertrace Photography by Samantha Oster
  • Linger, longer | April 2015
    This public arts project was an artistic collaboration between the City of Unley, Dario Vacirca and artists Emma Beech, Erin Fowler, Josephine Were, Maya Sollier and El Pablo from Open Space.

    Linger, longer was an investigative and experiential temporary public arts project re-examining our place in space.

    It involved installations, theatre, dance and creative engagement to take participants on a shared journey exploring their common spaces.

    Linger, longer was part of the first year of exciting and innovative public arts projects linked to Involve Unley – Public Arts Strategy. Linger, longer tested and experimented with temporary public arts to educate, inform, facilitate and collaborate in a new way of engaging with our community through the expression of the arts. Diverse art forms were used to bring our public realm to life.

    For more information on this project, please contact Matthew Ives Cultural Development Coordinator mives@unley.sa.gov.au
  • Found, out | May 2015
    Found, out was an investigative and experiential temporary public arts project about re-discovering and re-connecting with our local parks and reserves.

    Over two weekends in May 2015 at Soutar Park and Everard Park Reserve, local people came together as artists and explorers with professional artists to work together to imagine, contribute, and slowly transform the park with collective sculptures. Using the medium of clay and found flora from gardens, parks and reserves, people created their own work and placed them in their favourite places!

    Artists: Morag Cook, Sarah-Jane Cook and Kim ShanahanCreative
    Producer: Morag Cook
    Photos and moving images: Ben Searcy
     
  • FEAST Festival
    Council has hosted FEAST Festival events since 2007. Presently held in November, FEAST is a major event on the festival calendar and is South Australia's largest LGBTIQ curated cultural festival. The event attracts performers from all over the world and visitors from near and far.
  • Coffee, Tea & Poetry | 2014
    Once upon a time, instead of going to the movies or watching TV, people would gather to listen to someone tell a story or recite a poem. This was a custom that celebrated the beauty of the spoken word and engaged the community. The City of Unley brought the oral storytelling tradition back to life by presenting live poetry performances in local Cafés.

    In 2014, in the lead up to Double Shot Unley Coffee Fiesta, five local cafes hosted performance poets working in their spaces for around two hours. Writing, reading, performing and chatting - residents were invited to meet, listen to and drink with professional poets.

    Participating cafes were:
     
    • By Blackbird Coffee and Dessert Cafe, Shop 4, 100 King William Road, Hyde Park
    • Hyde Park Bakery, 1 Mitchell Street, Hyde Park
    • Pellegrini Café, 169 Unley Road, Unley
    • Lunch Club, Unley Shopping Centre, Unley Road
    • Carnevale Coffee 114 East Avenue, Clarence Park

    This project is an initiative of The City of Unley’s Where Business Meets Art project in conjunction with Friendly Street Poets and SA Writers Centre.

    For all enquiries, please contact Matthew Ives email mives@unley.sa.gov.au or phone 8372 5134.
  • Footstomping, Fables & Film
    Heywood Park was brought alive with Footstomping, Fables and Film. The biggest of the Summer Outdoor Entertainment events included live music from local bands Cold Comfort, The Timbers and Prawnhead, a wonderful Splash Theatre Company performance of Mr Badger: Wind in the Willows, food and beverages provided by Fuji Rolls and Great Relish Organic Coffee and our lovely writer in residence, Lilliana Rose. The afternoon was topped off with the community settling into a Road Movie Mobile Cinema Screening of Disney Pixar animation Brave.