City dreaming

Updated: 5 days ago

In an effort to reactivate public spaces in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Sydney is offering four $50,000 grants to artists who can light up public spaces with bold and meaningful installations.

Paper crane lanterns at Vivid Sydney 2018. Photo by April Pethybridge

Recovering from lockdown restrictions, the city’s CBD remains unusually empty and the City Art Laneways project hopes to reintroduce bustle and interaction in several central laneways. Lord Mayor Clover Moore says the city is working alongside the NSW Government “to commission a number of public art projects to breathe new life into our city and influence how people experience the city centre”. The project is part of a $20 million fund to boost the city centre economy, support businesses and create jobs across the vital summer period.


The grants will be offered to concepts that present strong visual and sensory experiences that foster an increased sense of empathy within the community, and contribute to the sustainability and wellbeing of people and civic spaces. Works that reflect on Sydney’s past, present and future, as well as proposals including Aboriginal stories and heritage are encouraged. Concept components may span plant-based projects, soundscapes, time-based media, augmented reality, installations, and socially engaged practices.


City Art Laneways project is open to both Australian and international creatives.

Applications close Monday 16 November. More info here.



By Lucy Wormald

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