Arts resources

The City of Stirling recognises the important role art plays in the creation of a liveable, vibrant and prosperous city. We support and advocate for West Australian Artists and are committed to a best practice approach to the development of a strong, sustainable creative economy.

City of Stirling Public Art Masterplan

Creatives + Connections events

Creatives + Connections meet-up events are a monthly initiative providing a relaxed opportunity for City of Stirling-based artists and creatives to learn, connect, share ideas, and have some fun whilst exploring local creative spaces and businesses.

From February to June 2024 we will be hosting a series of monthly professional development sessions for artists and creatives, with industry experts speaking on a range of topics. The first session will be ‘All about Exhibitions’ on Sunday 25 February, from 2pm - 4pm. This inspirational workshop will be led by Sandra Murray, an independent art curator, consultant and artist mentor. Tickets available here.

Upcoming professional development sessions:

  • All about public art | Carolyn Karnovsky, Artify Consulting, + artists panel | Sunday 24 March, 2 – 4pm | Scarborough
  • All about photographing your artwork | Miles Noel, Miles Noel Photography | Saturday 20 April, 10am – 12noon | Tuart Hill
  • All about finance (for creatives) | Elliott Brannen, Tempo Tax & Accounting | Sunday 26 May, 2 – 4pm | Balcatta
  • All about residencies | Mikaela Castledine, Visual Artist | Sunday 23 June, 2 – 4pm | Watermans Bay

Next networking event:

  • Trigg Art Club | Friday 21 June, 10am – 11am

Email us at art@stirling.wa.gov.au if you would like to be added to our mailing list for updates on future events.

Image: Creatives + Connections Novemeber 2023, Miles Noel Photography

Hamersley Golf Course Public Art Commission

Hamersley Public Golf Course is being redeveloped to include construction of new clubhouse facilities and a two-storey driving range featuring state-of-the-art ball tracking technology. 

The City is excited to announce that artist Pamela Gaunt and Apparatus Public Art and Cultural Services have been awarded the public art commission, which will enhance the external spaces through a stunning series of interconnected works inspired by the golf course’s Tuart Tree canopy. 

The works will evoke a visual and sensorial experience through the use of tactile surfaces, illumination, shadows, discoverable elements, and occurrences that reflect different aspects of the Tuart – seed pods, flowers, nuts, and leaves. Once integrated into the fabric of the building, these works will play a role in shaping the experience of the golf course and cultivate a sense of appreciation of the Tuart tree and its landscape.

You can find further information on the redevelopment on the Hamersley Golf Course project page. For more information about the public art concept please contact the City’s Public Art Officer at art@stirling.wa.gov.au.

Art Awards Entries

Art Awards and Exhibition 2023

The City’s biennial Art Awards and Exhibition returned in November 2023 with an extraordinary collection of 170 new works from established and emerging Western Australian artists. The exhibition was open to the public and free to enjoy.

The highly anticipated biennial exhibition featured an exciting public program including tactile tours, a young artist sketch workshop, a local artists' networking night with Curator and artists panel, artplay + storytime in the gallery for preschoolers and a special “In Conversation’ artists talk with three generations of creative yorga.

To find out more, visit the Art Awards and Exhibition webpage.

Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre Expression of Interest

Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre Commission

Artist team Chris Nixon and Andrew Frazer have been awarded the commission for the Terry Tyzack Aquatic Centre upgrade. They will be creating an artwork that draws on their own nostalgia for summertime swims.

The artwork will elevate the existing grandstand from functional to bold and striking. The artists conducted workshops with local schools with an exhibition of the works created to be displayed at the pool from late November.

Installation of their bold and fun grandstand mural is set for early 2024.

View the media release here.

Art Awards and Exhibition

  • What is the City of Stirling Art Awards and Exhibition?
    The City of Stirling Art Awards and Exhibition is a biennial art prize showcasing Western Australian artists working in a variety of mediums from painting, sculpture, mixed media/drawing, textiles, photography, and digital. Shortlisted artworks are presented to the public in a collective exhibition and prizes are awarded by a panel of expert judges.
  • When and where does the exhibition take place?
    The Art Awards and Exhibition is held at the City of Stirling Reception Hall, 25 Cedric Street Stirling, from late October to early November. The next Arts Awards and Exhibition will take place in 2025.
  • How do I enter?
    Entries will open online in August 2025 with the entry link posted on this webpage. Please refer to the Conditions of Entry for all details.

Murals

Are you an Artist or landowner looking to create a mural in the City of Stirling?

Murals are a great way to bring colour and life to empty walls, floors, fences and utility infrastructure. They can tell stories, highlight social issues, provide commentary, create a sense of place or simply bring beauty to a location where there was none.

Throughout the year, the City works with a number of community groups and businesses to deliver murals to bring life and vibrancy to an area. Before you get started on your mural project, there are some things to consider. Read the City’s handy Mural Guide to find out more, and reach out to the City's Public Art Officer on 9205 8555 or at art@stirling.wa.gov.au for any mural enquiries.

Upcoming commissions and programs

The City of Stirling has a number of initiatives and programs that offer opportunities for Artists throughout the year, such as public art and mural commissions, professional development workshops, and artist residencies. To make sure you are the first to know about upcoming opportunities for Artists, get in touch with us at art@stirling.wa.gov.au to be added to our Artist mailing list - just let us know your name, contact information, postcode, and the details of your arts practice.

Have your own project in mind? 

The City offers two funding streams; the Community Arts and Events Fund and the Community Creativity Fund.

For all the details please visit the Arts and Events Grant page.

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