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 Expression of Interest for New Mural 

Perry Lane Art Project 2019

Expression of Interest – Call Out

Public Art Project

Perry Lane, Paddington


Perry Lane Art Project seeks Expressions of Interest from artists to develop a high-quality temporary work of public art for two locations of the Western wall of Perry Lane, Paddington. The artworks will contribute to the vision of making the laneway a destination of culture and vibrancy. Exploring the intersection between public art and urban growth the project will provide a platform for creative voices and a professional opportunity for young and emerging artists to be part of a visible presence of innovation and creativity whilst activating this public space.


The Perry Lane Project is a placemaking initiative aimed at contributing to the revitalisation of Oxford Street, Paddington as a vital public destination.


The project site is the exterior wall of the building on the Western side of Perry Lane. The laneway runs between Oxford and Underwood Streets and is open to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. It is primarily used as a thoroughfare for locals and residents. 

It is envisaged that the new artworks to be commissioned for the wall will be of varying sizes:

Location 1- 13 metres squared and 

Location 2- 20 metres squared placed as shown in the elevation below.  


Each artwork is envisaged as primarily a painted wall mural that should be imaginative, vibrant, innovative and site-responsive.  The use of vibrant and strong colours is preferred. It should also be unexpected or surprising and have the ability to appeal to a broad audience. The primary experience of the artwork will be from pedestrians, local residents and consumers from surrounding businesses.  The artwork will be a part of a gallery of murals that form the Perry Lane Art Project. Artworks are intended to be on display for some time but are subject to change.


To be considered for this project artists should submit the following:

*A CV of no more than two pages 

*Images of previous work, up to 10 images clearly labelled with your Surname_Title_Medium_Date in jpeg   format as they will need to be presented to the committee for consideration

*A brief written response to the project opportunity this may include an indicative colour sketch of the artwork proposed for the mural- this may be placed on a jpeg of the wall elevation (jpg of wall elevation available if required-please email request to

*Please include full name and contact details including daytime phone number and email address.


Assessment Criteria:

The vision of the Perry Lane Art Project is to create a space for public art of a high quality that is both engaging and accessible to the community it occupies. It is hoped that it will provide moments of slowness, surprise and discovery, whilst celebrating culture, community and creativity. (Activate Oxford Street Initiative/ Joint Woollahra Council and Paddington Business Partnership)

Expressions of interest will be assessed on the following criteria:

*Artistic merit – produce a high-quality artwork

*Capacity to enliven and enhance the laneway

*Capacity to attract and engage a diverse audience

*An understanding of the context within the Oxford Street, Paddington shopping precinct – respondents   are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Oxford Street, Paddington Placemaking   Roadmap Report. 

*Artwork needs to be suitable for an unsupervised outdoor environment.

*Artwork to consider the architectural elements of the wall elevation. 

In Location 1, the artwork will need to integrate the step below in the sandstone foundation wall into the concept.


Advisory Committee:

A shortlist of submissions will be made based on the quality and relevance of the submissions made with reference to the selection criteria. An Advisory Committee made of various stakeholders within the community (Council Member, resident, building owners and project co-ordinator) will select the artists to be involved. 

Practical Information:

Size of artwork-Approximately 13 and 20 square metres in the positions indicated.

The artist can make a submission for either Location 1 or Location 2 or can submit separate concepts for artworks for both locations.  

It is envisaged that two artists will be selected.

Paints-Paints will be made available to the artist by Perry Lane, these may be complimented by artists’ own paint. A sealing product will be provided to protect the artwork that the artist will need to include in the application process of the artwork.

Equipment- The artist is to provide all painting equipment necessary to complete the work. This includes safety equipment (including but not limited to suitable barricades to define work area) ladders, platforms, lifts required to safely access the wall.

Insurance-Artist will need to hold liability insurance (personal accident and public liability minimum $20 million) and provide a certificate of currency prior to commencing work.

Timing-The artist is to be available to paint in the week of the 17th-25th October and artist is to be available to paint on Saturday 19 October during the William Street Festival.  It is envisaged that the laneway will be closed to traffic during this time.

Fee-On successful completion of the work, the fee paid to the artists will be $2000 (for the work selected for Location 1) and $2500 (for Location 2).

This fee includes the artists’ provision of equipment and insurance as outlined above. 

Important Dates:

Expressions of Interest open: Wed 21 August 2019

Expressions of Interest close: Wed 18 September 2019 Deadline extended till Monday 23rd September

Advisory Committee selects final artist and notifies artist: Fri 27 September 2019 

Artwork to be completed: between 17-25 October 2019.



Enquiries and Applications should be sent to Denise Raftopoulos at

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