Creative hoardings program

Aims to transform the visual impact of construction sites in our area.

Handful of motion blurred people walking past hoarding and scaffolding in Sydney's CBD.

We invite visual artists and designers to lodge proposals for our next Site Works creative hoardings program.

  • Applications open: 5 May 2022
  • Applications close: 11am, Thursday 9 June 2022

Expression of interest Site Works 2022 – Creative hoardings

The City of Sydney invites expressions of interest for art and design concepts to be used as printed artwork on temporary protective structures (hoardings) at construction sites for the Site Works creative hoardings program.

The creative hoardings program provides opportunities for artists to showcase their work on a large scale in very visible locations and aims to transform the visual impact of construction sites in our area. We are inviting artists, designers, and creative collectives to create engaging artworks that will enliven our streets.

The City of Sydney’s Site Works program is a strategic initiative developed under the Creative City - Cultural Policy & Action Plan, strategic priority 1, which aims to increase precinct distinctiveness and creativity in the public domain.

We will license 10 original artworks for installation on eligible hoardings across the city.

Image: ‘Ngaarr’, Lucy Simpson, 2018 Site Works. Photographer: Anna Kucera.

Why we’re doing this

The creative hoardings program provides opportunities for artists to showcase their work on a large scale in very visible locations.

The program was created in response to community demand for more street art to enliven the streets of Sydney and bring creativity into the everyday.

Developers with construction sites in high traffic areas must cover their hoardings in art by a living Australian artist, or historical images relevant to the area where the hoarding is located. Developers can commission their own artist, or they can use artworks licensed by the City, free of charge.

To date, the City of Sydney has licensed 20 high quality contemporary Australian artworks for use on more than 220 hoardings across the City, over two iterations of the Site Works program across five years.

Artworks that have been licensed for Site Works in the past are available to view on the City of Sydney website.

Any enquiries about this expression of interest should only be directed to:

Before you apply

Read the information below to find out more about the process and assessment criteria. 

Updates and clarifications

We will publish regular updates and clarifications to the expression of interest here. You should check this section before lodging your application.

  • There are currently no updates or clarifications to the expression of interest.

How to apply

Expressions of interest close at 11 am, Thursday 9 June 2022.

We will only accept applications through the online form.

Read these documents before lodging your application.

Expression of interest overviewPDF · 1.17 MB · Last modified
Hoarding artwork template and submission guidePDF · 2.6 MB · Last modified
Design guidelinesINDD · 632 KB · Last modified
Site Works template master folderZIP · 200.89 KB · Last modified
Artwork licensing agreementPDF · 183.97 KB · Last modified

Artworks

Decorative
Suspended FiguresThis series of shrouded figures playfully distorts the human form, creating a dream-like landscape intended to interrupt everyday thoughts and spark the imagination. The fluid and abstract shapes – created by the body interacting with fabric and wind – are left open for the viewer to make their own associations. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Prudence Stent and Honey Long, Melbourne
Decorative
NgaarrNgaarr = hard / strong. This is a story of presence and strength. Derived from the patterning of the inner bark of a gulabaa (eucalypt tree), these designs by Yuwaalaraay artist Lucy Simpson, highlight the conversation about care of country. They speak of contemporary Aboriginal experience and presence, and highlight the importance of First Nations placemaking in the built environment. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Lucy Simpson, Sydney
Decorative
UnvanishedKent Morris is a Barkindji man whose art practice reveals the continuing presence and patterns of Aboriginal histories and cultures in the contemporary Australian landscape. The shapes and structures of the built environment are being reimagined to reflect long-standing knowledge systems and to reaffirm cultural continuity and presence. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Kent Morris, Melbourne
Decorative
Time FormsTime Forms considers the many modes and versions of time unfolding: lunar, solar, geological, astronomical and cosmic. Created using collage and photographs it examines our place in the earth's history by linking concepts of cosmic time and space to the graspable dimensions of the handmade. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Lisa Sammut, Sydney
Decorative
Midnight ZooStudio A provides support for professional artists with an intellectual disability. Midnight Zoo is inspired by visits to Taronga Zoo. The work is a collaborative homage to the diverse and mesmerising species that populate our city and our world. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Studio A artists: Emily Crockford, Lauren Kerjan, Thom Roberts and Phillip Sidney, Sydney
Decorative
Giant Bonsai by Garry TrinhGarry Trinh creates works about daily encounters with people and objects on the periphery. These giant bonsai trees were photographed all over Sydney. They seem to magically appear overnight, created by someone with a giant pair of shears.
Decorative
Magic CirclesMagic Circles is a dedication of love and devotion to the (LGBTIQA+) community that affirms ‘I am who I am, you are who you are, and we can be the people we want to be’. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Kieran Butler, Sydney
Decorative
Koala Fantastical Fabulous Fun lends itself to the everyday Australian experience and how contemporary art can create transformative moments in time, altering the way we see the world. Australiana memorabilia and souvenirs are used to explore what it could mean to be an icon of the Australian wild. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Rosie Deacon, Sydney
Decorative
In the future … I want to be a unicornAlphabet Studio asked year 1 and 2 students from Crown Street Public School in Surry Hills to express their future dreams. The result is an artwork that is honest, whimsical, humorous and thought provoking, compiled of the children’s uninhibited drawings and misspelt declarations. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.by Alphabet Studio and students from Crown Street Public School, Sydney
Decorative
BADABABABABBAT-DA by Tegan WottonSteadily feeling like the pixels build and are never not in front of me... another one to see, to be distracted by. A complex electronic place now, this is my simple space – the nineties. That’s when pixels were easier to absorb, easier to see, easier to commit to. Platform Mario and coin collections, fighting over the only two controllers in the house just to get in front of a pixel — ping / ping / ping / dat dat dat da da da, da da da da da dat dat dat da da... pixel, jump, coin, collect, restart.