13.2 - Attachment 1
Minutes of the Byron Shire Council Public Art Assessment Panel Meeting held on Thursday 5 November 2015
PRESENT: Cr P Spooner
Staff: Joanne McMurtry (Community Policy Officer)
Community: Peter Wood (Arts Northern Rivers) (By teleconference)
Suvira McDonald (Community Artist member)
Tracey Whitaker (Community member)
Denise Napier (Community member)
Rick Molloy (Practising Artists Network)
Paul Spooner opened the meeting at 1.45pm and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.
APOLOGIES: Cr S Richardson, Paula Cordeiro (Community Artist member), Michele Zarro (Community member), Gavin Brown (Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal)), Andy Erskine
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – PECUNIARY AND NON-PECUNIARY
Suvira McDonald declared an interest in item 5.1 as an artist that may be interested in any work that may arise from the new development.
CONFIRMATION OF A QUORUM:
There are ten people on the Panel. Quorum numbers were met.
CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES:
That the minutes of the Public Art Assessment Panel meeting held on 6 August 2015 be adopted.
BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES (Verbal updates)
5.1 Public Art in new development
Simon Richardson and Denise Napier met with the developer and staff re DCP requirements for public art on new developments. A verbal report of the meeting was provided. The developer is currently considering options prior to submitting some concept designs.
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to amend the DCP Chapter D8 ‘Public Art’ to include under ‘Prescriptive Measures’ point 2 “or make an equivalent contribution to Councils public art budget.”
5.2 Priority public art locations in Ocean Shores and Suffolk Park
This item was deferred to the next meeting.
5.3 Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk
Suvira McDonald reported:
· The engineering reports have been finalised.
· An application for an occupation certificate has been lodged.
· Expecting to install over summer.
· Have notified Creative Partnerships that a final report will probably be provided in March 2016.
5.4 Electricity Padmount Substations
The artwork has now been installed at both sub-stations.
5.5 Rose McKinley painting
The artwork has now been installed in the Byron Bay Library.
5.6 Bus Shelter corner Jonson & Carlyle Streets
The artwork has now been installed at the bus stop.
5.7 Public Art Small Grants
Two of the public art small grants have been acquitted and finalised – Simpson’s Sofa and Fishtales (from the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk). The mural at Byron Community Centre is expected to be finalised shortly. This leaves the Memorial Seat in Brunswick Heads – the applicant has until 30 June 2016 to finalise the grant.
PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS
6.1 Public Art on Byron Shire Water Infrastructure
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to commission public artwork as per the ‘Briefs’ provided on the following water infrastructure in the Byron Shire, to be funded from water and sewer budgets:
· Paterson’s Hill Water Tank
· Wategos Water Tank
· Several sewerage pump stations (selected locations listed in the report, limited by budget allocation for the 2015/16 financial year)
· Denise Napier is happy to assist if banner mesh is decided on as a material.
· Peter Wood offered the services of Arts Northern Rivers Indigenous Arts Development Officer – Mark Cora.
Tracey Whittaker arrived at 2.30pm.
6.2 Public Art Proposal – Temporary loan of sculpture by Allan Horstmanhoff
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to accept the temporary loan of ‘The Beast Within’ by Allan Horstmanhoff and allow the sculpture to remain in situ following the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk event in October 2015 for up to twelve months.
· Suggest the sculpture be moved to a more prominent location such as on South Beach Rd near the Jules Hunt sculpture – across the road in Torakina Park.
6.3 Public Art Proposal – Temporary loan of sculpture by Jules Hunt
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to accept the temporary loan of ‘Beautiful Nature’ by Jules Hunt and allow the sculpture to remain in situ following the Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk event in October 2015 for up to twelve months.
6.4 Public Art Proposal – ELYSIUM in Lawson Lane
Rebecca Townsend and Sarah Workman were present for this item.
The Panel suspended standing orders to receive a presentation from the proponents for the project.
1. That the Public Art Assessment Panel note the presentation provided by ‘Creative Road’ and recommend to Council to support the concept of the beautification proposal for Lawson Lane as one of the initial projects arising from the Byron Bay Town Centre Masterplan for reasons listed below:
a. It meets many of the objectives of the Public Art Policy and will have excellent outcomes to further public art in the Shire
b. Is has the potential to be the ‘lighthouse’ project that will provide a benchmark for future public art projects
c. There are opportunities to provide mentorship for young local artists
2. The Public Art Assessment Panel recommend that Council be a key stakeholder in the development and implementation of this proposal.
6.5 Public Art Proposal – “Youth Seat’ and ‘Fishing Seat’ – part of Ten Seats Project, Brunswick Heads
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend that Council to support the Brunswick Heads Ten Seat Project by making a donation of $2,000 to the Tweed Street Taskforce being $1,000 for the ‘Youth Seat’ and $1,000 for the ‘Fishing Seat’ pending full and final concept designs for both seats.
· The Panel noted the excellent application, although some panel members would like to understand the whole ‘Ten Seat Project’ better as a whole.
· Are the Tweed St Taskforce talking with the new owners of the Brunswick Heads Fishing Coop?
· The Panel questioned the skate park as the best location for the youth seat, considering it seems to be aimed at young children, not teenagers
8. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Public Art Assessment Panel will be advised – likely in February 2016