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Outdoor art mural at Mountain Gate

Knox Public Art Plan 2018-2022

Knox City Council has an enduring commitment to building a culturally rich and engaged community through the arts. Well ahead of many other local councils, it began regularly installing public and community artworks as an integrated element within local landscapes from the late 1970s.

In 2008, Council began reviewing its achievements and processes for delivery of public art. Public artworks had been continuously installed for three decades; however, the artworks and acquisition processes applied were not driven by a consistent vision and were not universally applied. Knox City Council developed and adopted its first Public Art Policy in 2013. The Policy is Council’s public statement of commitment to an ongoing public art development program. It is an acknowledgment of the value Council places on public art and it sets the broad parameters for the planning and delivery of culturally appropriate artworks in publicly accessible places and spaces across the municipality. It is recognition that these days, the term ‘public art’ refers to a broad range of arts activities and art forms in the public realm.

In 2017, Council endorsed the Knox Public Art Implementation Plan. The Public Art Plan is the ‘instruction manual’ for the implementation of a public art program that reflects the Knox community’s ambition for a distinctive, celebrated, creative and beautiful city. The endorsement of the Public Art Policy and Public Art Plan by Council provides a strategic approach to the development and delivery of public art throughout Knox.

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