13.3 - Attachment 1
Minutes of the Byron Shire Council Public Art Assessment Panel Meeting held on Thursday 5 May 2016
PRESENT: Cr P Spooner, Cr S Richardson
Staff: Joanne McMurtry (Community Policy Officer)
Sarah Ford (Manager Community Development)
Peter Rees for Item 6.1 (Manager Utilities)
Community: Denise Napier (Community member)
Rick Molloy (Practising Artists Network)
Paula Cordeiro (Community Artist member)
Invitees: Rebecca Townsend (Item 5.1)
Kim Rosen (Item 5.6)
Paul Spooner opened the meeting at 2.05pm and acknowledged that the meeting was being held on Bundjalung Country.
APOLOGIES: Peter Wood (Arts Northern Rivers), Gavin Brown (Bundjalung of Byron Bay Aboriginal Corporation (Arakwal), Suvira McDonald (Community Artist member)
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST – PECUNIARY AND NON-PECUNIARY
Paul Spooner declared a non-pecuniary interest in item 6.1 being that he has dealt personally with some of the shortlisted artists.
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 18 February 2016 be adopted. (Molloy/Spooner)
BUSINESS ARISING FROM PREVIOUS MINUTES (Verbal updates)
5.1 Public Art in new development – update
Rebecca Townsend presented new public art concepts for the new development in Byron Bay on the corner of Lawson and Fletcher Streets (Agcorp building). The current proposal includes three light-boxes attached to the external walls of the building on the Fletcher street side, with three different artworks by Kellie O’Dempsey. The light-boxes measure 175mm deep, 1. Is 2m2, 2. Is 2.8m x 1.8m and 3. Is 3.6m x 800mm. The artworks have an indigenous theme and the artist has consulted with Arakwal.
The Public Art Assessment Panel are very happy with the outcome and staff are to advise the relevant planning staff of this outcome.
6.1 Public Art on Byron Shire Water and Sewer Infrastructure
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend that Council:
1. Appoint Kelly Reiffer to undertake the Sewer Infrastructure commission on the following sewer pump stations:
Recycled Water station, Tennyson St
Marine Parade, Wategos
Bayshore Drive, Industrial Estate
2. Note that the Water Infrastructure project will be delayed with a further report to be provided to the next scheduled PAAP meeting on 18 August 2016.
Staff to provide feedback to Kelly Reiffer re:
· choice of plants for the green wall on the Rec ground Recycled water station and maintenance.
· That the alternative artwork, the owl, would not be appropriate due to too much white space for potential graffiti.
Peter Rees left the meeting 2.45pm.
5.6 Ten Seats Project, Brunswick Heads
Kim Rosen spoke to the PAAP about the Ten Seats Project in Brunswick Heads. It fits with the Tweed Street Masterplan and is designed to provide some artwork (there is not much public art in Brunswick Heads) that interprets the history and culture of Brunswick Heads.
Seats installed so far are the History Seat (by Suvira McDonald) and the Community Seat (by Pauline Ross and the community) depicting flora and fauna of Brunswick Heads. The PAAP have already seen and supported concept designs for the Youth Seat (led by Kerry Stanton which will engage the youth of the town in both the design and building of the seat near the skatepark) and the Fishing Seat (led by Zac Tooth, an architect which will engage some of the older people in town like the Men’s Shed, Fishermen, etc).
The PAAP thanked Kim for volunteering on such a great project for the Brunswick Heads community.
5.2 Priority public art locations in Ocean Shores and Suffolk Park
Paula Cordeiro has been working with artist Wendy Mills and put together a document tabled at the meeting (attached to minutes) re public art for Ocean Shores.
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to:
1. Note the submission document tabled today (attached);
2. Provide in principal support for public art in various locations in Ocean Shores;
3. Recommend that the locations identified be the subject of further investigations with the appropriate Council staff with regards to land ownership and requirements.
The PAAP recommended that further community support for the project be found, preferably with a group of people that can help with fundraising and making the vision a reality.
5.3 Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk
· Suvira was absent at the meeting but the PAAP congratulated him and Creative Mullumbimby on the sculpture and a great launch last Saturday.
· Council has received a complaint from a member of the public around children’s safety at the sculpture site.
Staff to talk with Creative Mullumbimby about the plaque to be placed at the site and have the words ‘do not climb’ included.
5.4 Public Art Small Grants Program 2015
An acquittal has now been received for the Memorial Seat in Brunswick Heads small grant. The seat is now finished and a family memorial celebration was held at the seat on Anzac Day.
5.5 Pelican Sculpture update
Andy Erskine was absent and unable to give an update.
PUBLIC ART PROPOSALS
6.2 Public Art Proposal – Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk re permanent sculpture
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council:
1. to not support the purchase of the permanent sculpture “Oh My Cod” by David Walsh at this time, but to defer consideration until the completion of a regional analysis for purchasing and commissioning public art is completed.
2. To write to Brunswick Nature Sculpture Walk with a suggestion to apply for Council’s next round of Events and Festivals Sponsorship Funding.
6.3 Public Art Proposal – Gillie and Marc
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council not to proceed with the Gillie and Marc offer to work with Byron Shire Council for the reasons outlined below:
1. the artwork is not by a local artist
2. the costs of materials and shipping the artwork to/from Sydney are not within the scope of the public art budget
3. maintenance of a bronze sculpture would be significant and not within Council’s current resources.
6.3 Submissions to the Public Art Small Grants Program
1. That the Pubic Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to support the submission from Chloe Rowland for the ‘Bangalow Wall’ community project with a small grant of $1,000.
2. That the successful applicant be notified in writing and provided with a project/ grant acquittal and reporting mechanism for submission at the conclusion of the project.
That $500 small grants do not provide enough funds to undertake projects and that the 2017 round should increase the small grants to $1,000.
6.4 Public Art Proposal – Living on the Edge Project
Paul Spooner left the meeting at 4.10pm.
PLEASE NOTE THAT QUORUM WAS NOT MET FOR THIS LAST ITEM.
That the Public Art Assessment Panel recommend to Council to provide permission to install the Living on the Edge Project artworks as detailed below:
1. An Artwork (as attached) be permanently (for the life of the artwork) attached to the outside wall of the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre facing Tincogan Street, pending further investigation around building ownership and heritage investigations.
2. Other Artworks (as attached) be temporarily (for 3 months) be attached to bus stops:
a. Byron Bay bus stop corner Carlyle and Jonson Streets, and
b. Brunswick Heads bus stop on Brunswick Valley Way in between Access Road and Brunswick Terrace.
c. A 1m x 1m temporary banner to the Jonson St toilet block.
Investigate building ownership and heritage for Mullumbimby and District Neighbourhood Centre.
8. DATE AND TIME OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting of the Public Art Assessment Panel will be held from to 11am – 1pm 18th August 2016 in the Executive Team meeting room.
Attachment 1 – Public Art in Ocean Shores (Item 5.2) #E2016/31580
Attachment 2 – Images for Living on the Edge Project (Item 6.4) #E2016/31576