Visual Art Commission 2021/22

Please note applications for the visual art commission in 2021/22 have now closed.

The City is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from professional artists for a $15,000 visual art commission in 2021/22.

Artists are invited to respond to the social, urban or natural environment within the City of Joondalup region and to consider how their overall artistic practice relates to the themes in their EOI.

The commissioned artwork should be an extension of the artist’s current practice, reflective of their interests, style and approach to art-making.

Past commissions have been awarded to Western Australian artists Tony Windberg (2012), Lindsay Harris (2013), Nien Schwarz (2017) and Paul Kaptein (2020). International artist Brandon Ballengee (2016) and interstate artist Helen Pynor (2019) have also been commission recipients.

The commissioned artwork must be completed within the timeframe (see key dates below) and allocated budget of $15,000.

The commissioned artwork will become part of the City’s art collection and placed on display within City of Joondalup public buildings. The artwork must therefore be robust and suitable for acquisition, without modification, into the City’s art collection. Materials used must be of archival quality.

Submission Requirements

  • An artist statement that describes artist’s overall practice (up to 250 words)
  • A resume (no more than two A4 pages)
  • A project statement that outlines the proposed themes to be explored in the project and the artist’s proposed approach to research and artwork production (up to 250 words)
  • Up to six images of completed artworks with captions (title, year, medium and dimensions).

Selection Process

A selection panel, comprising City representatives, will 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.

Key Dates

By submitting an Expression of Interest, the Artist agrees to the following timeline and payment schedule.


Date Milestone Fee
Monday 16 November 2020 EOIs open Nil
Friday 15 January 2021 EOIs close Nil
Thursday 1 April 2021 Commission outcome announced Nil
June 2021 Contract signed $5,000
July 2021 Commission commences Nil
August – November 2021 Research and design development Nil
December 2021 Design and concept approved $5,000
May 2022 Submission of final artwork Nil
June 2022 Approval and acquisition of artwork $5,000
Total $15,000

Please note all figures are exclusive of GST.

About the City of Joondalup

The City of Joondalup is a region that covers an area of 97 square kilometres square from beach to bushland. The City centre has a relaxed, casual atmosphere and is a combination of cultural, civic, commercial and residential properties built on the edge of the stunning Lake Joondalup.

The City of Joondalup encompasses Beldon, Burns Beach, Connolly, Craigie, Currambine, Duncraig, Edgewater, Greenwood, Heathridge, Hillarys, Iluka, Joondalup, Kallaroo, Kingsley, Kinross, Marmion, Mullaloo, Ocean Reef, Padbury, Sorrento, Warwick and Woodvale (part).

About the City of Joondalup Visual Art Commission

The visual art commission aims to document and capture the landmarks and people who represent the City of Joondalup.

It is expected that the commissioned artist will explore one or more of the themes identified below and engage with the Joondalup community / local area to deliver an artwork that relates to the City of Joondalup. Any locations or landmarks cited within the artwork must be within the boundaries of the City of Joondalup.


Three themes have been identified to assist artists to develop their artwork proposals, these are:

  • Social Environment: people, community and history
  • Urban Environment: the city, urban and suburban
  • Natural Environment: the local environment, including flora and fauna.

Practical Considerations

The City’s Art Collection is on display throughout its Civic and Administration Buildings, Libraries and Leisure Centres. It is the City’s policy to rotate artworks throughout these areas on a regular basis to give public access to the collection.

The artist should consider the display and rotation of the Art Collection when planning the commissioned artwork:

  • The artwork must have the capacity to be displayed in public spaces without hindrance to public access or safety
  • Any materials used in the artwork must be of archival quality
  • The artwork must be ‘exhibition-ready’ and any resources required to display the work in public spaces must be provided by the artist
  • The artwork should not be produced for a specific location, and should be easy to move and re-install within the City’s Civic buildings.


Further information about the City of Joondalup can be found on the City’s website, including:

Please note applications for the visual art commission in 2021/22 have now closed.

Image: ‘Place of Glistening’, 2019, mixed media on canvas by Nien Schwarz