Seeking artists for iconic gateway project

Media release - 5 April 2017

Visitors entering Kempsey will soon be greeted by two statement public sculptures, with Expressions of Interest (EOI) now open for artists to submit their ideas.

The sculptures, to be situated in the roundabouts on the southern (Slim Dusty) and northern (Dunghutti) Pacific Highway interchanges, will act as welcoming symbols for northbound and southbound traffic entering and exiting into Frederickton and Kempsey.

Following consultation with community and heritage groups, it is envisaged that the sculptures will reflect the history, landscape and community of the area while showcasing the Macleay River.

Council’s Director of Community Engagement, Kathy Oliver, said artists, who respond to the EOI, will be shortlisted by a panel of community members and Council staff.

“Since the completion of the Pacific Highway bypass in 2013, Council has been undertaking major road and streetscape development. The gateway sculptures are an important component of this process and will create a distinct identity and sense of place for the Shire,” she said.

“Council has undertaken consultations with relevant community and business groups to develop the brief for this project. These consultations will continue throughout the developmental stages.

“Extensive historical research and information collection has been undertaken to develop the themes presented in the EOI.”

Expressions of interest are now open to all artists and art based collaborative teams. Artists can apply to undertake one or both gateway projects and must respond to the EOI by Friday 28 April, 2017. Shortlisted applicants will be notified after 22 May.

Interested artists should visit Council’s website for more information -