Art commission – information for artists


The City of Joondalup is seeking to commission an artwork from a Western Australian artist* for its art collection in the financial year 2020-21. The artwork is to be in response to the commission themes and completed within the timeframe and allocated budget of $15,000.

The City’s Visual Arts Policy states that “with the anticipated growth and development of the City Centre, it is considered a priority for the City to cultivate a modern, urban and culturally-enriched environment with quality, contemporary visual art.” To achieve this, the City strives to:

  • “Develop a high-quality contemporary art collection for the benefit of residents and the broader community;” and
  • “Enhance the City’s historical records through commissioning artworks that reflect and capture local flora, fauna and iconic landmarks of the City.”

To this end, the City commissions local, national and international artists to produce artworks that capture the social, urban or natural environments of the Joondalup region.

There have been three previous commissions awarded to Western Australian contemporary visual artists including Tony Windberg (2012), Lindsay Harris (2013), and Nien Schwarz (2017). Two have been commissioned from interstate or international artists including Brandon Ballengee (2016) and Helen Pynor (2019).

The completed commissions are on permanent public display. Those by the Western Australian artists are located in the Joondalup Library. Brandon Ballengee’s artwork is located on the median strip on Grand Boulevard, opposite Central Park, and Helen Pynor’s artwork is currently in progress.

* a Western Australian artist is defined as having resided in Western Australia for at least the last twelve months.

Commission themes

Joondalup is a successful City with large green spaces and bustling suburbs. It boasts 17 kilometres of pristine coastline to its west and the exceptional Yellagonga Regional Park to its east. The City has more than 372 diverse parklands which incorporate spacious open grassed areas and over 500 hectares of natural bushland. These areas support a range of unique flora and fauna, providing the community with many recreational opportunities. The City also supports a significant migrant population, compared to the metropolitan average, and has a higher proportion of owner-occupiers and families living across its 22 suburbs.

Themes identified as suitable for the commission are the social, urban or natural environments within the City of Joondalup. Artists are encouraged to respond to one or more of the themes and to consider how it relates to their overall artistic practice. It is preferred that the proposed artwork is an extension of the artist’s current artistic practice and is reflective of their own interests and approaches.

The artwork must be robust and suitable for acquisition, without modification, into the City’s art collection. Materials used must be of archival quality.

Key dates

Artists who submit an Expression of Interest agree to adhere to the following timeline.

Date Milestone Fee
15 February 2019 EOIs open – COMPLETE Nil
16 April 2019 EOIs close – COMPLETE Nil
30 April 2019 Shortlist finalised – COMPLETE Nil
August 2019 Report to Council Nil
September 2019 Successful artist advised Nil
October 2019 Contract signed $500
July 2020 Commission commences $1,500
August 2020 – January 2021 Research and design development Nil
January 2021 Design approved $5,000
May 2021 Production complete $5,000
June 2021 Acquisition of artwork $3,000
Total $15,000


Please note all figures quoted above are exclusive of GST.

Artists should submit:

  • An artist statement that describes their overall practice (up to 250 words)
  • A biography (up to 250 words)
  • A curriculum vitae (no more than two A4 pages)
  • Up to 10 images of completed artworks with captions (title, year, materials and dimensions)
  • A proposal that outlines the themes to be explored in the project and proposed approach to research and artwork production (up to 250 words).

Expressions of Interest have closed.

Selection process

The City will convene a selection panel to shortlist artists for recommendation to Council. Canvassing of Elected Members will disqualify from selection and selection of the artist is at the City’s discretion.