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. Visit the Education page for more information.
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.
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
If you would like to find out more about the Gladstone Region's Public Art, or find information on this year's 'Pop Up Public Art' project, or speak to a staff member about Public Art, contact us to organise a meeting with the Curator.