Creative graphics

Creative graphics

Temporary outdoor galleries

When we developed the Creative City cultural policy and action plan, our community consultation and research found hoardings and scaffolding could be used as temporary outdoor galleries.

Applying creative graphic treatments on protective structures, hoardings and scaffolding at construction sites across the city increases:

  • creativity in our streetscapes
  • opportunities for artists to present their work to broad audiences
  • visibility of cultural events and art collections outside of galleries and in public areas
  • ways of exploring and celebrating Sydney's history with archival images and historical anecdotes
  • public participation in shaping the look and feel of the city.

The City's hoarding and scaffolding policy and guidelines require the use of creative graphics on temporary structures in high traffic areas across the city.

There are 3 options for installing approved graphics on eligible hoardings. You will need to indicate which option you will be using in your temporary structure application.

  1. Bespoke. You may create or commission your own site-specific artwork. Designs will require approval from the City and an image of your proposed design must be submitted with your application.
  2. Historic images. Temporary structures surrounding heritage-listed sites or in areas of heritage significance are required to display historic images of the locality. To help you meet this requirement, we have developed an historic images hoarding design template and can supply photographs from City Archives.
  3. Site Works. We called for artists and designers from across the nation to propose artworks for display on hoardings. We selected 10 artworks that have been licensed by the City, which are available to use on eligible hoardings free of charge. In some cases we may require these artworks to be used.

Please note, where hoardings and/or scaffolding are erected on City-owned land such as roads and footpaths, the City reserves the right to require the display of community information including, but not limited to major projects, festivals, special events and other City projects. You will be advised during the application process if we intend to exercise this right. 

Which graphic is right for your site?
4–8 weeks
9–26 weeks
26+ weeks
Heritage-listed building, city centre
Historic images
Historic images
Historic images
Heritage-listed building, non-city centre
Graphics are not required
Historic images*
Historic images
Heritage conservation area, non-city centre
Graphics are not required
Historic images*
Historic images
City centre, high visibility (high traffic or pedestrian area)
Site Works Site Works
Site Works
City centre, low visibility (low traffic and pedestrian movement or laneways)
Site Works Site Works Site Works
Non-city centre, high visibility (high traffic major transport corridor or pedestrian area)
Graphics are not required
Site Works
Site Works
Non-city centre, low visibility (minor local street with low traffic and pedestrian movement)
Graphics are not required
Historic images*
Site Works

There are a number of large format printing firms in the Sydney region that can print and install graphics on hoardings. You can obtain a list of suppliers by searching for 'large format printing Sydney'.

Some commercial suppliers of hoardings can also arrange to print and install the graphics as a packaged service.

* In these cases, graphics are only required if the hoarding is installed for more than 12 weeks. Please refer to table 1 in the guidelines for hoardings and scaffolding

Last updated: Tuesday, 29 August 2017