There are a number of public art works that can be discovered within the Gladstone Region, boosting the value and aesthetics of publicly accessed spaces.
Public art works range from privately owned works (on public display), through to publicly owned works, either commissioned by a community group or the Gladstone Regional Council. Ephemeral public art is also often on display as well, such as the 'Over the Hill' Pop-Up Public Art Trail along Goondoon Street, Gladstone, that features local artist Geoffrey Head's linocut prints as alumigraphic footpath decals.
The 19th century marble statue of the region's namesake, William Ewart Gladstone rests in the glass walkway of the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum's O'Connell wing. Goondoon Street passers-by have the opportunity to view the monument 24 hours a day. For more information on this public art sculpture, visit the Museum page.
In 2015, a pilot program was initiated with the first ever Gladstone Region 'Pop Up Public Art' event, held December 2015 to January 2016. To celebrate the ‘2015 International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies’, local artists collaborated to create a series of Artist Windows. These Artist Windows were showcased in multiple Gladstone Regional Council venues across the region for everyone to enjoy over the summer. The project was supported by the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership to support local arts and culture. Further information is available online at: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/news/gladstone-region-artist-windows
In 2016, fourteen local artists worked as part Gladstone Region Art in Parks, with twenty ephemeral public art installations hosted in sixteen Gladstone Regional Council parks. Hosted in conjunction with Council's Parks and Environment team, Art in Parks was supported by the Gladstone Region RADF and the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. Further information is available online at: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/news/art-in-parks-pop-up-public-art-arriving-with-summer
In 2017-18, fifteen local artists collaborated to create seventeen digital artworks for innovative display 'on the move' during Gladstone Region Art on Fleet. Supported by the Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum and Council's Fleet and Property department, the works will travel the region on working Council vehicles including vans, utilities and machines, until 30 April 2018. For further information visit: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/news/council-vehicles-act-as-a-moving-canvas-for-community-art-project
In 2019, eight local artists are working with twenty-three partner artists to present Gladstone Region Take pART: pop up public performance art, in conjunction with Gladstone Regional Council's annual EcoFest celebrations, 9am to 3pm, Sunday, 2 June 2019. A strategic initiative coordinated by the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum. For further information, please visit: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/news/calling-for-expressions-of-interest-in-gladstone-region-pop-up-public-performance-opportunity
If you would like to find out more about the Gladstone Region's public art, or further information on the next 'Pop Up Public Art' project, or speak to a staff member via: contact us to organise a meeting.
Gladstone Region 2015 Artist Windows, E Gale
The Gladstone Region Regional Arts Development Fund (RADF), a Queensland Government and Gladstone Regional Council partnership program to support local arts and culture in regional Queensland. Follow the link for further information: http://gragm.qld.gov.au/radf
Gladstone Region 2016 Art in Parks, A Richardson