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    Transforming our public spaces with art: expressions of interest announced for Art & About 2015

    Nathan Johnson

    Art & About Sydney, a collaborative arts festival where every street, laneway, building site, intersection and thoroughfare is open for artistic creations is looking for artists to contribute to this year’s program.

    Now in its 14th year, the 2015 Art & About festival will run during September and October, however the ground roots are already being laid for this year’s city-wide event.

    The event organisers say they are looking for big ideas that temporarily transform public and unusual spaces in the City of Sydney Local Government Area and are offering a number of selected projects a budget between $10,000 – $80,000 to help with the installation/project.

    The will accept ideas and proposals from all art disciplines including visual artists, curators, performers, collectives, filmmakers, musicians, writers, composers, theatre companies, producers, choreographers and anyone with a big creative idea that meet the creative brief.

    2014 Art & About Festival highlights: Above: "Here, Now" by Numskull featured a large-scale mural project painted on a city building wall.
    Below: "Little City Lives" a photography exhibition for children aged 11 and under.

    Artists have been asked to consider a list of City of Sydney owned or controlled land for their work however the organisation says they are happy to work with artists to secure location approvals from private property owners.

    Those public spaces include:

    Paddington Reservoir Gardens, Hyde Park North and South, Martin Place, Pitt Street Mall , Customs House Square, Alfred Street, Wynyard Park, Queens Square, Sydney Square and Sydney Park.

    Although they said they are happy to work with artists to secure location approvals from private property owners

    Briefs can be downloaded from the Art & About website and expressions of interests will remain open until 17 March.

    Images: Art & About

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