Creative hoardings

Creative hoardings

Street art of a different kind

To help enliven the city’s streets, we created the creative hoardings program. This program aims to display artists’ work on a large scale to a broad audience and transform the visual impact of construction sites, bringing 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 of Sydney, free of charge.

To date we’ve run 2 national call-outs for artwork concepts. In 2018, our most recent call-out, we received more than 700 submissions. From these, 10 artworks were licensed for use. You can find information on these below. See the 10 artworks licensed from the first round.

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If you’re a developer, here’s the information you need.


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Main image: A Song from Nature by Danling Xiao

Site Works artworks

Ngaarr, by Lucy Simpson, Sydney

Ngaarr = 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.

In the future … I want to be a unicorn, by Alphabet Studio and students from Crown Street Public School, Sydney

Alphabet 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.

Midnight Zoo, by Studio A artists: Emily Crockford, Lauren Kerjan, Thom Roberts and Phillip Sidney, Sydney

Studio 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.

Stone Jewels

Magic Circles, by Kieran Butler, Sydney

Magic 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.

Koala Fantastical Fabulous Fun, by Rosie Deacon, Sydney

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.

Real Myth

Unvanished, by Kent Morris, Melbourne

Kent 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.

Time Forms, by Lisa Sammut, Sydney

Time 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.

Suspended Figures, by Prudence Stent and Honey Long, Melbourne

This 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.

Giant Bonsai, by Garry Trinh, Sydney

Garry 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. Suitable for type A hoardings and some type B hoardings (where fascia is greater than 2m high).

BADABABABABBAT-DA, by Tegan Wotton, Melbourne

BADABABABABBAT-DA takes us back to the 90s. That’s when pixels were easier to absorb, easier to see, easier to commit to. Platform Mario and coin collections, fighting over the only 2 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. Suitable for type A and type B hoardings.

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Last updated: Monday, 17 December 2018