Perfect Match

Perfect Match 2016
Artist credits: Top Left – Jumboist, Middle Top – Syke and Yves, Bottom Middle – Numskull, Bottom right – Mulga

The inner west is home to one of Australia's most dynamic street art scenes, and the Perfect Match Public Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses and property owners together to collaboratively create fantastic new works in public places. 

Property owners, residents and businesses

If you are an Inner West resident or property owner and interested for Council to fund an artist to create a work on a wall that has been subject to unwanted graffiti, apply online using the link below.

Artists

If you are an artist wanting to be commissioned by Council to create a street artwork, apply online using the link below. We are seeking bold, new and innovative ideas and concepts that reflect the unique heritage, character and style of Inner West communities and sites.

Artworks will be installed July to August 2017. The Perfect Match Public Art Program of free tours and events will be presented 4 to 7 August 2017.

Applications close 5pm, 28 February 2017.

Free events and celebrations

The Perfect Match Public Art Program will culminate in one fantastic weekend of free tours and celebrations running 4 to 7 August 2017. It’s an opportunity for people of all ages to meet artists at work, share stories, and learn about the art, the places and people that make the inner west such a celebrated blend of heritage, creative innovation, culture and great lifestyle.

Download the 2016 Perfect Match Public Art Program (PDF 2.7MB)

 

 

Guidelines for property owners, residents and businesses

Introduction

The inner west hosts an outstanding collection of street art and Perfect Match Public Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses and property owners together to foster innovative and contemporary creative expression and fantastic art in public spaces.

Perfect Match is part of Council’s initiatives to prevent unwanted graffiti. Council recognises that tagging and graffiti can be an issue for local residents and businesses. Council implements a number of Anti-Graffiti measures as part of their Alternative Graffiti Management Program.

Through Perfect Match Public Art Program, funding is available for residents or business owners to have a street artwork painted on a wall that has been subject to recurrent graffiti and / or tagging. Artists are then commissioned by Council to paint the artworks on walls at sites across the inner west.

Aims

The aims of Perfect Match are to:

  • reduce illegal graffiti on walls by removing blank canvases;
  • support and provide opportunities for artists;
  • grow the inner west’s collection of innovative contemporary street art;
  • build relationships between artists and local residents and/ or businesses and property owners;
  • enable residents and businesses to be involved in the selection and development of artworks for their property;
  • use innovative art to highlight the inner west’s unique places, history and character;
  • provide opportunities for artists to contribute to the creative economy; and
  • attract existing and new audiences to the inner west through a program to celebrate the area’s unique creativity, arts and vibrant culture.

Eligibility

To apply to have a mural painted on your wall:

  • you must be the owner of the property wall or have written approval of the property owner;
  • the property must be in the Inner West Local Government Area;
  • the wall should be publicly viewable (eg. street facing);
  • the wall must be a safe distance from electricity wires.
  • you must be willing to work collaboratively with the artist and Council to develop the artwork concept, methodology and installation schedule;
  • you must be willing to liaise with your neighbours and notify them of plans to install the artwork.

Project Delivery

If your wall is selected, you will be responsible for:

  • working with Council officers to select the artist and artwork appropriate for your wall;
  • assisting Council and the artist to access the wall to deliver the mural;
  • working with Council and the artist to ensure the artwork is not offensive and is appropriate for the site;
  • ]notification of your neighbours to advise them of the artwork concept and plans to install the artwork; and
  • a contribution to costs (if required) such as applying the wall undercoat (in preparation for the artist to apply an artwork) or application of a graffiti proofing protective overcoat (following completion of work by the artist).

Council and the artist will be responsible for:

  • relevant insurances;
  • artist fees;
  • the cost of materials required for the artist to create and install the street artwork.

Funds

Council grants funds will be given directly to the selected artist for materials and artist fees.

If you are a resident, business or commercial enterprise, Council may discuss options for you to contribute minimal funds to cover some paint or associated costs.

Timeline

Applications close 28 February 2017. The selection process will be completed by the end of March 2017 with artworks to be installed late July / early August 2017.

 

Timeline

  • 28 February 2017  -  Applications close.
  • 20 March 2017 -  Artists shortlisted.
    Council liaises with property owners regarding artist submissions.
  • 15 May 2017 - Successful artists notified and contracted.
    Artwork concept developed for approvals: artist working in consultation with property owner and Council.
  • 20 July to 7 August 2017 - Artwork installed.
  • 4 – 7 August 2017  - Perfect Match Public Art Program of tours, pop up activations and events.

Maintenance

Council’s Perfect Match Public Art Program funding covers a one off fee for the artist to create the artwork. As the property owner, you will be asked to assist in maintaining the artwork for as long as it is in reasonable condition. The artist will provide a brief maintenance schedule which includes details of paint and colours used and recommendations for maintaining the artwork. Once an artwork is installed, there is no guarantee that the artwork will remain untagged long term. Council cannot resource ongoing maintenance of the artwork.

The Application Process

In order to apply, you will need to complete an online application and provide Council with the following:

  • A photograph of the proposed wall and surrounds.
  • Measurements of the wall.
  • Evidence or description of the history of tagging and graffiti on the wall.
  • A brief description of why you would like a mural on the proposed wall.
  • Two or more examples (web link or .jpg) of the kinds of art that you would like on the wall. If you have a specific artist in mind, please include examples of their work.
  • Confirmation that you are the owner of the wall or a letter of consent from the owner.

Please apply online here: Perfect Match Property Owner Online Application

If you have further questions, contact Council’s Community Services and Culture Unit on 9335 2280 or victoria.johnstone@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

Guidelines for artists

Guidelines for artists (PDF 41.3KB)

 

Introduction

The inner west hosts an outstanding collection of street art and Perfect Match Public Art Program brings artists, residents, businesses and property owners together to foster innovative and contemporary creative expression and fantastic art in public spaces.

Perfect Match is part of Council’s initiatives to prevent unwanted graffiti. Council recognises that tagging and graffiti can be an issue for local residents and businesses. Council implements a number of Anti-Graffiti measures as part of their Alternative Graffiti Management Program.

Through Perfect Match Public Art Program, funding is available for residents, property or business owners to have a street artwork painted on a wall that has been subject to recurrent graffiti and / or tagging. Artists can apply to be commissioned by Council to create site specific works on walls and facades across the inner west.

Aims

The aims of Perfect Match Public Art Program are to:

  • reduce illegal graffiti on walls by removing blank canvases;
  • support and provide opportunities for artists;
  • grow the inner west’s collection of innovative contemporary street art;
  • build relationships between artists and local residents and/ or businesses and property owners;
  • enable residents and businesses to be involved in the selection and development of artworks for their property;
  • use innovative art to highlight the inner west’s unique places, history and character;
  • provide opportunities for artists to contribute to the creative economy; and
  • attract existing and new audiences to the inner west through a program to celebrate the area’s unique creativity, arts and vibrant culture.

Eligibility

To apply to paint a mural on a selected property wall, you must be:

  • a practicing artist with demonstrated experience painting murals or large scale artworks;
  • willing to work collaboratively with local residents and Council to develop the artwork concept, methodology and installation schedule;
  • have public liability insurance; and
  • If required, you will need a working with heights ticket or associated licences or permits.

Project Delivery

If your application is successful, funds will be given directly to you, the selected artist, to cover all materials and artist fees required to deliver the artwork.

If funded to deliver the artwork, you will be responsible for:

  • relevant insurances;
  • the cost of all materials, including paints;
  • meetings as required and working with Council and the owner of the wall to develop the artwork concept and installation schedule;
  • working with Council and the artist to ensure the artwork is not offensive and appropriate for the site;
  • delivery of an installation schedule and risk assessment prior to commencement of the work;
  • delivery of the mural as mutually agreed with Council and the property owner;
  • participation in media calls and interviews, street art tours and associated Perfect Match Public Art Program communications and public programs; and
  • delivery of an artwork maintenance schedule (refer below).

Timeline

Applications close 28 February 2017. The selection process will be completed by the end of March 2017 with artworks to be installed late July / early August 2017.

 

Timeline

  • 28 February 2017  -  Applications close.
  • 20 March 2017 -  Artists shortlisted.
    Council liaises with property owners regarding artist submissions.
  • 15 May 2017 - Successful artists notified and contracted.
    Artwork concept developed for approvals: artist working in consultation with property owner and Council.
  • 20 July to 7 August 2017 - Artwork installed.
  • 4 – 7 August 2017  - Perfect Match Public Art Program of tours, pop up activations and events.

The Application Process

Step 1: Complete online application at: https://innerwest.smartygrants.com.au/perfectmatchartist2017.
Step 2: Council appointed panel shortlists artists and property owners from submissions entered.
Step 3: Selected residents / business owners work with Council to finalise artist selections for their wall.
Step 4: Selected artists work with the residents / business owners and Council to develop the artwork concept and installation schedule.
Step 5: Artists install artwork.
Step 6: Perfect Match Public Art program, 4 - 7 August 2017: Free tours, pop up activations and events program celebrating art in public spaces.

Maintenance

The project covers a one off fee for painting the mural. Council and you (the artist) are not responsible for long term maintenance. It is anticipated that if you paint a mural, the owner of the property will not paint over it for as long as the mural is in reasonable condition. You will be required to provide a brief maintenance schedule as part of the project deliverables. This will includes details of paints and colours used and recommendations for maintenance of the art.

In order to apply, you will need to complete an online form and provide Council with the following:

  • Your experience delivering artworks to budget, especially larger scale public artworks such as murals.
  • A copy of your CV.
  • A brief description of why you would like to participate in this project.
  • Web links or .jpgs of relevant artworks.
  • If you are planning to work directly with a resident / business who is applying for the program, please provide confirmation of this.

If you have a specific property in mind to paint, the property owner is also encouraged to apply through the Perfect Match Owners Application.

Submit Your Application

Please apply online here: Perfect Match Artist Online Application

If you have further questions, contact Council’s Community Services and Culture Unit on 9335 2280 or victoria.johnstone@innerwest.nsw.gov.au

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