Expressions of Interest for the Chilwell Library Public Art Commission


We are looking to commission a suitably qualified and experienced artist or creative team to develop a piece of public art that will be considered a significant cultural asset for the redevelopment of Chilwell Library in Newtown.

The budget for the commission can reach $25,000 + GST.


The redevelopment of Chilwell Library will augment the current space within the library by adding internal and external public meeting places. A large terrace will be located at the rear of the building, overlooking the existing adjacent park. The public artwork will be located in an optimal location at the entrance to the building.

Community feedback demonstrated their enthusiasm for the public artwork to fit into the development of the library building, as a subtle and sophisticated work. The Chilwell Library Public Art Commission aims to exemplify the vision for public art as expressed in the City of Greater Geelong’s Public Art Strategy and to take into account the unique qualities of the site, place and of the culture of the region.

The artwork would be carefully integrated into the overall development, in a prominent location near the library entrance, bringing additional expression and feel to the repurposed library facility.

The context

Artists are encouraged to consider the following context as they prepare their responses.

  • The Chilwell Library is located close to the Barwon River. “Parwon”, the traditional name of this river, is the Wadawurrung word for Magpie.
  • Newtown and Chilwell are rich in residential and industrial history. From 1839 industries such as tanneries, woolen washes and soap factories developed on the river frontages of Chilwell.
  • Submissions may be for one or more standalone 3D works; building-integrated work(s), design and materials; or a combination of both.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists are encouraged to submit proposals.

Site details

The library site is located on Russell Street in Newtown and is part of the Pakington Street district, a popular food and retail area. The proposed site for the artwork faces northwest and is set within the green space and on the featured brick wall in a prominent location at the entrance to the library, providing an attractive location for a contemporary public work of art. The connection to the adjacent park is a key principle for the design of the building and the expression of public art.

Electricity and water will be available on site and artwork dependent on these amenities will be considered, with respect to the project budget and ongoing maintenance requirements.

Project timeline and milestones

Milestones Date
Start of expression of interest May 25, 2022
EOI Submissions Due (Step 1) 9:00 a.m., June 27, 2022
Shortlisted artists selected and notified July 15, 2022
Preselected artists to attend the site meeting By negotiation
Detailed Submissions Due (Step 2) 9:00 a.m., August 22, 2022
Commissioned Hit Artist September 2, 2022
Construction to start To be negotiated with the successful artist
Construction completed Practical Chilwell Completion

The library is planned for June 2023

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