Sydney’s newest community to be a work of art

Public art curator Amanda Sharrad has been appointed to lead a major new artistic program in Australia’s largest urban development area, Green Square.

With more than 15 years’ experience developing artworks in some of Sydney’s most iconic public spaces, Ms Sharrad co-curated projects for the City’s Laneway Art Program in 2011 and helped create the Sydney Sculpture Walk in 2000.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said Amanda Sharrad was joining a distinguished group of curators guiding the City’s major public art programs, including Barbara Flynn (City Centre), Aaron Seeto (Chinatown) and Hetti Perkins (Eora Journey).

“We want to create a good public life for people who live in Green Square, not just a good private life,” the Lord Mayor said.

“Over the next 20 years, Green Square will become a significant new precinct for the city, giving us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create lively, intriguing new squares and public spaces.”

The Green Square urban development area includes Alexandria, Beaconsfield, Rosebery, Waterloo and Zetland, and is set to deliver 20,000 new homes, 40,000 new residents and 22,000 new jobs by 2030.

The City has set aside more than $500 million to make sure the precinct is a world leader in sustainability and design excellence, including the spectacular planned Green Square Library.

Ms Sharrad will work closely with the City’s design staff and Public Art Advisory Panel to develop a public art plan for Green Square.

“Green Square is one of the most exciting opportunities for public art in Sydney, and I am excited and inspired to be part of an urban renewal project of this scale,” Ms Sharrad said.

“My vision is for public art of the highest quality. It needs to be innovative, vibrant, have integrity and create a meaningful sense of place.

“I envisage art that connects the new development with the local community, ecology and histories of the area – to create a legacy for the next generation and a blueprint for future development.

“There will be iconic commissions and innovative temporary projects. Physically and conceptually, art will help to unify the public domain of the Green Square Town Centre and celebrate its intrinsic worth.”

Ms Sharrad’s appointment follows the City’s announcement of internationally renowned art expert Barbara Flynn as public art curator for the City Centre.

Aaron Seeto, director of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Haymarket, has already overseen the transformation of Chinatown’s Kimber Lane with Jason Wing’s spectacular artwork In Between Two Worlds.

Respected Indigenous curator Hetti Perkins is leading the development of the Eora Journey. The long-term project will acknowledge and celebrate the culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through a series of significant public artworks, including Sydney’s first war memorial for Indigenous soldiers.

For more information, visit: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/cityart

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email kirvin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Matt Levinson.
Phone 0427 044 768 or email mlevinson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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