Public Art

The Scenic Rim has a growing collection of public artworks throughout the towns and villages of the region. Public Art collected by Scenic Rim Regional Council will reflect community values and aspirations. It will represent important work held in trust for the public for the future.

The Public Art of the Scenic Rim will address the curatorial  themes of Community, Heritage and Creative Excellence




The Emporium, George Street, Kalbar

An artists brief for a new Mural artwork is currently calling for Expressions of Interest.

The artists brief can be downloaded here:

Summary for Expression of Interest

Location:                         George Street, Kalbar, Queensland

Audience:                        Kalbar Residents and Scenic Rim tourists

Artwork Budget:             $10,000 + Concept fees of $500 for 3 shortlisted artists

EOI open:                         7 February 2024

EOI Applications Close: 28 February 2024

Artwork Type :                Mural


The Expression of Interest needs to address the artists brief and include:

1. Artist contact details including address, email and phone

2. Written response including: A brief concept outline illustrating the creative idea or theme for the proposed work and how the idea responds to the artists brief. The artists brief can be downloaded here: .(Max 500 words)

3. Current CV demonstrating experience in mural works 

4. Up to 12 high resolution digital images of previous/relevant mural works

For more information contact the Public Art officer:

Mark Paddick


P: (07) 5540 5351




Story Trails - Story Marker Project

The Story Trails - Story Marker Project will capture over 800 stories connected to our region. These significant stories will inform a series of Story Trails across the region and will be identified through five markers in the following themes: The Natural World: Stories of the Environment; First Nation: Stories from our Indigenous People; Discovery: Stories of the Pioneers and Colonisation of Queensland; The 20th Century: Migration, Federation and the War Years; and, The Modern World: Contemporary History since 1945.

Here is more information about how the designs for this five markers are being created (applications submitted until 31 May 2021).

Billabong Bird by Chris Trotter - Billabong Park, Kooralbyn 2020

Billabong Bird is inspired by the native Darter or Snakebird and has been created from discarded industrial materials synonymous with our rural way of life. In consideration of the park's name and location, the artist has included an iconic Australian vintage Billabong water pump in the design. The artwork’s water theme acknowledges the vital role water plays for the survival and prosperity of the region ...

Shared Fire Artwork  by Colleen Lavendar - Mount Lindsey Highway, Gleneagle 2020

The Shared Fire artwork is a collaborative work of nine artists across the Scenic Rim who have each told a unique story from their region. It was commissioned in 2017 for the 2018 Fires on Top of Mountains Project, a multi-art form community arts activation that celebrated and showcased the culture, unique identity and stories of the Scenic Rim. Local sculptor, Colleen Lavender, carefully cut the combined stories into a single composition for the Fire on Water finale at Kooralbyn.

Home and Monuments Projections by Craig Walsh 2019

Home is a collaborative multimedia installation project developed with Hiromi Tango that originated as part of Craig Walsh’s Digital Odyssey residencies across Australia between 2010 and 2012. It is comprised of public projection works and installations responsive to regional history, local stories and the surrounding landscape, unique identity and stories of the Scenic Rim. 

NBN Cabinets by Scenic Rim Artists 2019

The Scenic Rim Regional Council in partnership with National Broadband Network (NBN)  provided a series of artworks for the NBN Node Cabinets that were installed in Tamborine Mountain. The artworks were installed as a vinyl wrap.

Miniscule by Kate French - Main Street Village Greens Tamborine Mountain

Nature lovers and gardeners living in, and visiting, this verdant, beautiful rainforest mountain, often happen upon small animals. Whether they are hiding in the underbrush, or a momentary passing on the wing, these delightful, unexpected encounters are something with which we are all familiar. These  “hello there!" moments are what the artists has tried to capture in these small works - the ephemeral meetings, the mutual surprise before the human blink renders them gone.

Jubilee Park Playground by Waylene Currie - Jubilee park, Beaudesert

Local Mununjali artist, Waylene Currie, was commissioned to design a series of artwork to adorn the main structure. These images each related to the central theme of "Children's Country".

Strata Canungra by Rusell Anderson and Rebecca Ward - Pine Street, Canungra

This is a placemarking sculpture that promotes the connected layers of diverse natural and human value and meaning. Constructed of layers of machine cut 8mm Australian produced weathering steel, the sculpture is 2.9 metres in height. Together the perpendicular layers depict a topographical view of the surrounding region. The installation also features the wording, Jingeri Jingeri Valley of the Owls, on the base. Canungra derives its name from the Aboriginal words for small owl, while Jingeri means welcome in the Yugambeh language.

Inspired by a local, endemic, rainforest dwelling artisan - the satin bower bird. The male creates a unique bower to attract a mate into his space, just as we would like to attract others into our beautiful part of the world. The stylised 5.8-metre high bower gateway is a unique, beautiful, iconic sculpture that is both inviting and intriguing. It has been crafted from locally sourced Australian hardwood, specifically Iron Bark.

Flame Tree, Stone Fruit by Paul Stumkat - Gallery Walk, Tamborine Mountain

Inspired by the Acerifolius or Flame Tree common to the region, the sculpture combines the shape of its seed pods and leaves into tactile forms that encourage children to climb over and through the textured surfaces. They will be produced using Beaudesert Gosford sandstone to enable fine details and delicate colouring to be incorporated.


For more information on any of the above contact: Mark Paddick, Cultural Projects Officer, Scenic Rim Regional Council, PO Box 25 Beaudesert Qld 4285 or email:



What is Public Art?

The term public art refers to works of art in any media that have been planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain.

Public Art is about artistic expression. Integral to the character of the place, in its diversity and quality it provides an insight into cultural life and values of a community. It plays a strong role in creating and celebrating the communities’ sense of place and identity.

The Scenic Rim has a rich heritage of commemorative sculptures and monuments and an increasing number of contemporary art works located within region. The council supports the commissioning of a broad range of pieces that enhance the environment and communicate ideas that contribute to place making.

Historically, Public Art was dominated by commemorative sculpture. For the purposes of the policy, Council recognises the significance of memorials and monuments in the life of the community and intends that this policy will also encompass such installations.

Public Art can include:


Development of community facilities

• Development of public precincts and places

• Interpretation of place and local stories

• Cultural animation and cultural programming, including festivals and public events

• Permanent, temporary or ephemeral installations

• Land art and work with landscape architects

• Visual artworks including painting, sculpture, installation and digital media

• Artworks that have functional aspects such as reception areas, water features street furniture and signage

• The design treatment of architectural spaces and hardware

Public Art and Collections Guidelines

The Public Art and Collections guidelines have been developed by Scenic Rim Regional Council to:

• recognise the diverse nature of Public Art expression.

• increase understanding of Public Art through interpretation, engagement and education.

• encourage and support initiatives that provide interpretive signage and Public Art that has local or regional relevance, explains meaning behind place names and gives insight into natural and cultural heritage of our towns, villages and significant related sites.

•ensure that artworks held in the public domain are of high artistic standard and their selection or acquisition follows the processes outlined in the Public Art and Collections Guidelines.

 Art Reference Group (ARG)

The Art Reference Group (ARG) is an advisory group of industry and community stakeholders whose advice is sought with regard to the commissioning, acquisition, purchase, de-accession, donation, approval and funding of Public Art. The committee meets four times a year or as required to provide advice and feedback on the  Public Art Projects. It identifies opportunities for public art within Council’s Strategic Management Plan and gives advice regarding marketing and promoting the region through public art. 


For further information please contact:

Scenic Rim Regional Council
Public Art Officer
Mark Paddick
82 Brisbane Street / PO Box 25, Beaudesert QLD 4285
T 07 5540 5351 or 07 5540 5051 |