Art in Public Spaces
Townsville City Council recognises that the incorporation of public art contributes to an attractive and stimulating built environment, and to the community’s appreciation and knowledge of the visual arts. Public artworks are also important as they have the ability to improve the quality of life and the environment, reinforce the unique identity of Townsville, and acknowledge the cultural diversity of contemporary Townsville, and the Indigenous and non-Indigenous heritage of the city.
There are over 70 public artworks currently on permanent display throughout the city. To view a list of these works, please click the link below.
If you're looking to enjoy some of the city's public art, you can take a day trip to the Jezzine Barracks precinct and stroll the public art trail, or see the permanent artworks located along The Strand, in the CBD, and in other areas of the city.
Townsville is also the home to Ephemera, a biennial outdoor sculpture exhibition. These temporary public artworks transform The Strand foreshore for 10 days, with the next outdoor exhibition taking place in 2021.
Local Street Artist Call Out!
Townsville City Council is looking to expand the CBD's Street Art trail with a number of exciting new site locations becoming available in 2020.
Council is seeking local Townsville Street Artists both emerging and professional to register their details. A number of opportunities have been identified for artists who will be selected from this callout to receive an Expression of Interest.
Artists who submit their details will be placed into a local Street Artist Registry, which will provide Galleries with a greater understanding of the talent available locally, and provide a more extensive range of artists for Street Art opportunities. Galleries are often asked by external organisations for local Street Artists or Muralists for various artwork commission projects, so there is an identified need to form a comprehensive list of the local talent available. If you agree, your contact details may be passed onto those looking to commission artwork.
Light falls created by Robbie Rowlands was commissioned by Townsville City Council for 2017 Strand Ephemera and is now becoming a permanent installation in its original location.
The way the light pole falls gracefully across the pathway and illuminates The Strand is quite beautiful and unique.
Finished installation images
North Queensland Stadium Precinct
In Bloom, created by local Cairn’s artist Daniel Wallwork, was commissioned by Townsville City Council. This 4.5-metre-high public art sculpture is located at the entrance to the North Queensland Stadium Precinct, corner of Wally Tallis Way and Pride Close.
In Bloom is an exploration and celebration of the beauty of the tropical flowers and plants found throughout our amazing North Queensland landscape and gardens. Layered foliage and flowers in full bloom, jostling for space, unfolding to reveal a vibrant kaleidoscope of colours and dynamic forms, reaching up and embracing the sun and welcoming the ever-changing world around it.
Jezzine Barracks Public Art
The heritage precinct at Jezzine Barracks is home to 33 public artworks created by 13 Aboriginal and 11 non-Aboriginal artists from Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland.
All the works have been created in response to this unique site, with some artists considering the military history of the headland and others considering the significance of the area for Aboriginal people. Some of the works address the meeting and reconciliation of Aboriginal, non-Aboriginal and military groups.
Want to learn more about the public art around Jezzine Barracks? Watch the artist videos available on our YouTube channel.
- Jezzine Public Art Map (PDF, 4.0 MB)
Riverway Public Arts Trail
The community atmosphere of Riverway is further enhanced by unique art pieces created by local artists.
Each piece reflects the Riverway environment and sculptures throughout the landscape encourage interaction.
Located in the foyer of the Riverway Arts Centre, Energy Field is a piece that consists of threads of multiple river stones along stainless steel wires to create the effect of a three-dimensional painting.
The artwork is visible from the Riverway Lagoons and is a significant foyer feature for the theatre and Pinnacles Gallery. Energy Field was developed by artist Jodie Cox.
The walkway joining the Riverway Arts Centre to Riverway Stadium features several sculptural elements by Queensland Artist Daniel Templeman.
The works are designed to enhance the viewer’s experience of Riverway. The large-scale silver and red sculptures stand in contrast to their surroundings and aim to echo the ongoing activity of Riverway.
Daniel Templeman has built several public sculptures, both in Queensland and interstate, most notably the entry statement sculpture Confluence at the Brisbane Magistrates Courts. His practice focuses of articulating complex meaning through simple forms that both respond to and alter their surroundings.
Interactive Public Art Map
Discover Council's public artworks on display throughout the region with the below interactive Google map.
For more information, please phone 13 48 10 or contact Perc Tucker Regional Gallery.
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