Lake Macquarie City Council calling for EOI to create Redhead Beach artwork

EOI: Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking to commission an art piece with a coastal theme for Redhead Beach. Submissions close November 5.
EOI: Lake Macquarie City Council is seeking to commission an art piece with a coastal theme for Redhead Beach. Submissions close November 5.

Lake Macquarie City Council is calling for expressions of interest from the art community to create an installation for Redhead Beach as part of the Smart Beaches project.

Project manager Tony Blunden said the aim was to produce a piece of public art themed on beach conditions or beach safety.

"We want this artwork to engage beach-goers, raise their awareness of our Smart Beaches project and incorporate some of the technology or data we'll be collecting as part of the trial," he said.

Smart Beaches will see cameras and sensors installed at Redhead Beach and Blacksmiths Beach throughout the 2019-2020 beach season to gauge their value in assessing beach conditions and amenity use. Data collected will be transmitted to lifeguards and other beach authorities to help manage their time and resources.

Lake Macquarie City Council's manager for arts, culture and tourism, Jacqui Hemsley, said submissions for the artwork would be judged on their originality, quality, relevance and ability to articulate the core concepts of beach safety and conditions.

The brief calls for artists to take inspiration from the picturesque coastal setting as well as the project's high-tech underpinnings.

"The brief is deliberately broad, but all submissions will be considered on their merits," she said.

A total of $30,000 will be awarded to the winning submission, with $20,000 allocated for the work and $10,000 for installation.

Submissions for the Smart Beaches artwork close midnight Tuesday, November 5 at lakemac.smartygrants.com.au.

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