‘Entry statement’ sought for community and arts hub

Two public artworks that capture the character of our region will be created to provide an entry statement to Caloundra’s new community heart.

Library+ artist impression

Sunshine Coast Council is commissioning two significant public artworks and inviting established artists from across the nation to express their interest by June 28, 2024.

The sculptural public art pieces will form an impressive entry statement for the region’s new state-of-the-art district library and community space, Library+ at Caloundra, reflecting the iconic character of the region.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli said the new facility, due to open mid-2025, would be a key cultural offering for the region.

"The contemporary Library+ building and community space will form part of a vibrant new community hub visioned for the Sunshine Coast, where arts, community and creativity can come alive,” Mayor Natoli said.

“The building is designed with sustainability at its core and will provide a place for residents and visitors to connect, learn, and embrace new technologies and innovations.

Library+ foyer artist impression

“This is the largest public art commission ever undertaken by this Council and will set the benchmark for creative inclusions in our built environment.

“The artworks should contribute to the identity of Caloundra by engaging, telling stories, sparking conversations, and creating a sense of place, now and into the future.

“We all have a role to play in shaping culture and creating thriving communities in our Sunshine Coast Biosphere, so it’s fitting we pass the baton to artists, who can reflect our unique regional identity in such engaging and beautiful ways.”

Expressions of Interest

To register interest for the new Library+ public art opportunities email your name, address, contact number, website URL and ABN to [email protected]

Key dates

  • Register of interest closes: Friday June 28, 2024             
  • Shortlisted artists notified: Friday July 12, 2024
  • Concept design presentations: TBC Late August 2024
  • Successful artist notified: TBC Late September 2024
  • Completed Installation period: June 2025

Further Information

Visit Council’s website for further information about the Caloundra district library and community space and the Caloundra Community and Creative Hub.

Stay up to date with all the latest news, events and exhibitions by subscribing to the e-newsletter at gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or following @caloundraregionalgallery on Facebook and Instagram.

 

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