Art in Stonnington

Art in Stonnington

The City of Stonnington’s commitment to Arts and Culture is reflected in the Council’s Visual Arts programs and opportunities – designed to contribute to the vision for Stonnington to be an “inclusive, healthy, creative, sustainable community and smart community.” (Council Plan 2017 – 2021)

Click on the links below to find out more about Visual Arts programs, strategies and opportunities at Stonnington. 

Public Art in The City of Stonnington

The City of Stonnington Contemporary Art Collection

Art Acquisitions Panel

Visual Arts Opportunities


Public Art in the City of Stonnington 

The City of Stonnington proudly presents the work of artists to enhance its existing spaces and, in the development and planning of new public spaces, incorporates artworks by living artists for all to enjoy. The Commission of Public Art for Stonnington is guided by the Art in the Public Domain Policy 2013-2015 and facilitated by the Art Acquisition Panel.

Artworks can be ephemeral, temporarily or permanently installed and can be sited and visible in streets, squares, parks and public places within the City of Stonnington. 

The Art in the Public Domain Policy outlines a vision for the City of Stonnington to be known for inspiring artworks that shape creative and dynamic public spaces, and that are a source of pride for the community. 

For further information, please contact the Arts and Culture Unit on 8290 1333.

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The City of Stonnington Contemporary Art Collection 

The City of Stonnington Contemporary Art Collection comprises artworks dating from the late 20th century to the present day which have been acquired on the recommendation of the Art Acquisitions Panel. The Collection reflects the Council’s commitment to enriching the cultural life of those who live, work and visit the various precincts. 

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Art Acquisition Panel

A panel comprised of art industry professionals provides Council with recommendations and advice on commissions, acquisition and decommissions of artworks in line with clear selection criteria. Past panel members have included Samatha Comte, Louise Weaver, Charlotte Day, Rebecca Coates, Bill Sampson and David Hurlston.


Visual Arts Opportunity 

The City of Stonnington understands that arts, culture and creativity are central to the health and wellbeing, livability and prosperity of the Stonnington community. The Council places a high value upon creative opportunities that support and nurture emerging artists, established artists, street artists, galleries and art projects. 

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program

The Arts and Cultural Grants Program supports the presentation of innovative Stonnington-based activities that enhance the cultural, community and economic development of the City, including festivals and events and visual arts projects.

Public Art Commissions

The City of Stonnington’s Art in the Public Domain Policy 2013-2015 supports the commissioning of innovative, high quality, contemporary artworks by professional artists.

Stonnington is pleased to have installed three new public artworks in 2019, as well as a world-first, immersive installation.

Next time you walk along the beautiful Yarra River Trail, be sure to visit Anton Hasell’s glistening, multi-sensory sculpture Twisted Bell and listen for its low, rumbling sound when touched by hand. This artwork has been specifically designed for this site to reflect the natural light and movement of nearby water, and provides an opportunity for the community to interact with and celebrate the Yarra River.

In summer, discover two striking artwork installations in Prahran Square. The first, entitled murnalong – a word meaning bee in the local Boon Wurrung language - by Dr Fiona Foley celebrates native honey bees and honours their significance in our global ecosystem. The second, Ringform 1 and 2 by artist Jamie North are ‘living’ sculptures, which poignantly represent the intersection of the natural and the man-made.

RAMUS’s immersive installation The Pipes also welcomes visitors in a truly spectacular fashion, connecting Prahran Square’s four corners through sound and light.

Street Art and Murals – Expressions of Interest now open

The City of Stonnington has experience both commissioning and supporting formal Street Art and Mural installations within the Stonnington area – contributing to the development of Stonnington as a Creative City. These temporary installations aim to enliven shared community space and may also enhance streets or buildings undergoing redevelopment.

Recent projects include the Greville Street mural by artist Esther Olsson, the Porter Street Pop-up Park mural by artist Sugar and a new façade mural for Phoenix Park Community Centre by artist RESIO.

The Visual Arts team is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for new Street Art and Murals within the City of Stonnington.

Artists, please review the Art in the Public Domain Policy 2013-2015 and email your Expression of Interest to including:

  • a brief description of your proposed work and your artistic rationale
  • a description of the proposed location (if applicable) and how the work will be experienced
  • your artist biography and up to date curriculum vitae with an emphasis on your street art / mural practice
  • a description of how the work will be created and installed including (but not limited to) materials and equipment required, expected maintenance requirements and anticipated life span
  • up to 10 examples of previous works
Please note: Public Liability Insurance is required for all artists commissioned by City of Stonnington, for a minimum cover of $20m.


Building owners, if you would like your space or wall considered for a Street Art and Mural project, please register your interest by sending an email to including:

  • the address of the property you own within the City of Stonnington and brief description of what part (ie. wall or ground) you would like to see activated
  • building specifications of the proposed space including: measurements (height x width x depth) and material (ie. brick or concrete)
  • up to 5 photographs of the space


Hit the Street – Youth Services Program

 Young artists aged between 12-19 years can also harness their passion and talent for street art through the Hit the Street program!

Kicking off again in January, Hit the Street is an annual, 3 month program aimed at preventing illegal graffiti in the City of Stonnington. Participants are teamed up with renowned street artists to design, develop and execute a group piece displayed in the City of Stonnington – learning about street art letter form, style, technique and more.

Express your interest in the Hit the Street program now via the Youth Services page


Glow Winter Arts Festival  –

Each year, the City of Stonnington seeks Expressions of Interest from experienced professional and emerging installation artists for Glow Winter Arts Festival.

Working with Councils Festivals and Events Team successful applicants are commissioned for the design, development, installation and de-installation of large-scale, site specific and temporary illuminated installations.    

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For any enquires please contact the Visual Arts team on 03 8290 1105 or email: