Public Art

Since 1982 Goulburn Regional Art Gallery has been commissioning artists for its public art program. To date, we've grown our collection by thirty three works and enlivened our city with an array of murals, interventions and sculptures.

The public art program bounds way outside of the safety of the Gallery and brings contemporary art in to the everyday experience of moving around Goulburn. It enriches the landscape of our lovely city, enhances the experience of moving through it and gives creativity a presence in the built environment. All good things.

 

 

Commissions to date

1

James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, Lilac Walk

2018

Location: Walker Lane

James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, Lilac Walk

A Canberra based collaborative duo – James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo conceptualised ‘Lilac Walk’ to be immersive and uplifting. The work takes its palette from the heritage surrounds of the site and Goulburn more generally, as well as contrast colours to form a dialogue about the present. The work has been influenced by the moniker ‘Lilac City’ and designed to draw interest into the laneway from those passing by. The work took several weeks to complete and was painted entirely by hand brushes. Despite the scale of the work, the artist’s stayed true to their usual techniques of install and design. Lieutenant and Vassallo have completed site specific commissions in Sydney and Canberra.

2

Beastman, Conflux

2018

Location: Russell Lane

Beastman, Conflux

Eastman has completed numerous public art projects across Australia and has a beautifully resolved practice. His work is inspired by natural formations in the land and waterways. ‘Conflux’ integrates a palette into the mural relevant to the surrounding visuals in the laneway. Beastman's work is bold, graphic and uses both abstract and representational elements. In designing this work the artist thought about the manmade and natural elements of Goulburn including the Wollondilly River.

3

Kathryn Orton, Essential Energy Boxes

2017

Location: Corner Clifford and Auburn Streets

Kathryn Orton, Essential Energy Boxes

Orton was selected as one of three artists for the Enhancing the CBD Power Boxes project. The project involved the wrapping of five Essential Energy boxes in the Goulburn CBD in images of artworks that reflect Goulburn life.

4

Kathryn Orton, Essential Energy Boxes

2017

Location: Corner Auburn and Montague Streets

Kathryn Orton, Essential Energy Boxes

Orton was selected as one of three artists for the Enhancing the CBD Power Boxes project. The project involved the wrapping of five Essential Energy boxes in the Goulburn CBD in images of artworks that reflect Goulburn life.

5

Lynne Flemons, Essential Energy Boxes

2017

Location: 254 Auburn Street

Lynne Flemons, Essential Energy Boxes

Lynne Flemons is a Goulburn based artist who primarily works in printmaking and painting. Inspired by the landscape, Flemon's work hints not only at what is there but also of the artists own experience of place. Flemon's was selected as one of three artists for the Enhancing the CBD Power Boxes project. The project involved the wrapping of five Essential Energy boxes in the Goulburn CBD in images of artworks that reflect Goulburn life.

6

Virginia Arregui, Essential Energy Boxes

2017

Location: 230 Auburn Street

Virginia Arregui, Essential Energy Boxes

Virginia Arregui is a Southern Highlands based artist who works in ceramics. Her work is inspired by traditional European decorative ceramic tiling and features hand painted town scenes in bright attractive colours. Arregui was selected as one of three artists for the Enhancing the CBD Power Boxes project. The project involved the wrapping of five Essential Energy boxes in the Goulburn CBD in images of artworks that reflect Goulburn life.

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Virginia Arregui, Essential Energy Boxes

2017

Location: Cnr Auburn and Market Streets

Virginia Arregui, Essential Energy Boxes

Virginia Arregui is a Southern Highlands based artist who works in ceramics. Her work is inspired by traditional European decorative ceramic tiling and features hand painted town scenes in bright attractive colours. Arregui was selected as one of three artists for the Enhancing the CBD Power Boxes project. The project involved the wrapping of five Essential Energy boxes in the Goulburn CBD in images of artworks that reflect Goulburn life.

8

Rudy Kistler, Mural

2017

Location: Caroline Chisolm Courtyard, Church Street

Rudy Kistler, Mural
Kistler pays homage to Caroline Chisholm by stating that “the imagery is inspired by the volume of writing Caroline engaged in, helping to assure potential British emigrants that there would be a place for them in Australia. In the design, Caroline sits in the middle at her desk as the correspondence she’s writing flies off her desk and crashes into the boats coming from Britain. On the right side of the mural I’ve depicted an historical view of the Goulburn landscape complete with grazing merinos.” Kistler is an immigrant himself and with immigration issues frequently in the news he found the theme of Caroline Chisholm’s life and work both inspiring and timely.
9

Luke Chiswell, Hold Your Head Up

2017

Location: Belmore Park

Luke Chiswell, Hold Your Head Up

‘Hold Your Head Up’ is a bronze sculpture that has a powerful and important message. It is more than a thinker on two legs taking on the burden of a head full of dreams; it’s an ode to staying positive and confident with a healthy dose of imagination. This character seems as gentle and awkward as it is strong and poised. When faced with the work, you’ll likely tilt your head up and stand a bit taller. ‘Hold Your Head Up’ is a poignant reminder to literally ‘hold your head up’. Luke Chiswell is a mixed-media artist based between Collector and New York City.

10

Mim Stirling, The Goulburn Icons Art Project

2017

Location: Goulburn Railway Station, Sloane Street

Mim Stirling, The Goulburn Icons Art Project

Goulburn railway station is home to the Goulburn Icons Art Project; a series of large photographic prints depicting iconic sites and landmarks throughout the city. Stirling’s photographic installation brings colour to the heritage platform of the Railway station and marks the arrival point in Goulburn beautifully. Sites depicted by the Icons Project include Rocky Hill War Memorial, Goulburn Courthouse, the Historic Waterworks, the Post Office and many more. Mim Stirling is based in the Southern Highlands.

11

Amanda Stuart, Nil Tenure, Silicon bronze
cast at the ANUSOAD Sculpture Workshop Foundry with acknowledgement to Nick Stranks

2017

Location: Corner of Verner and Auburn Streets

Amanda Stuart, Nil Tenure, Silicon bronze cast at the ANUSOAD Sculpture Workshop Foundry with acknowledgement to Nick Stranks

Amanda Stuart is a Canberra based visual artist, lecturer and alongside her visual arts PhD she holds a Bachelor of Science (Land Management). Her works make reference to the social, cultural, ethical and political difficulties surrounding human relations to unwanted animals, particularly introduced species. ‘Nil Tenure’ is a pack of wild dogs sculptured in bronze and moving through the landscape. The title of the work, Nil Tenure, is a term used in wild dog management strategies in southeast Australia. Stuart says 'it serves as a bitter metaphor for the complex human/canine relations typical to regional Australia- for example the sheep farmer is both reliant upon the working dog to manage their stock- but also at times can be at the mercy of wild dog predations.’

12

Jane Cavanough, Chair of the Dog

2016

Location: 108 Auburn Street

Jane Cavanough, Chair of the Dog
These two large dog installations add colour, vibrancy and a point of difference to the southern entrance to Auburn Street
13

Jason Wing ,Tree Spirits and Growth

2015

Location: Russell Lane

Jason Wing ,Tree Spirits and Growth

‘Tree Spirits’, 2015 is located in the charming Russell Lane. By day, this quaint laneway is animated by three suspended Perspex figures. By night the Tree Spirit figures come alive, illuminating the lane with an otherwordly glow of light, inviting visitors to explore the work en route to and from Lilac City Cinema. The half-human, half-spirit figures represent our past, present and future ancestors. The figures are inspired by Aboriginal and Chinese heritage but do not preclude other cultures. The colourful 'spirit' mural pattern was painted on one of the laneway wall surfaces by Goulburn youth in workshops with Jason in January 2015. Jason Wing is Sydney-based and began as a street artist who has since expanded his practice to incorporate photo media, installation and painting. His dual heritage, being both Chinese and Aboriginal is increasingly addressed within his work.

14

Emrah Baki Ulas, Luminous Merinos, (in collaboration with Jenny Bell),hand-etched acrylic and Led lights

2014

Location: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, facade

Emrah Baki Ulas, Luminous Merinos, (in collaboration with Jenny Bell),hand-etched acrylic and Led lights

The work of Light Artist and Designer Emrah Baki Ulas “Luminous Merinos” is a playful homage to Goulburn’s wool industry. Ulas’s work is an interpretative light-installation inspired by an exquisite series of charcoal drawings by local artist, sheep farmer and master of the line, Jenny Bell. Bell has captured the nuances and quirkiness of the character of the sheep perfectly and minimalistically, using just a few gestures.

In consultation with Bell, Ulas has studied the series and composed Luminous Merinos selecting certain figures from Bell’s work, interpreting and collating them. Ulas hand-etched the composition onto acrylic and brought them to light using a rare edge-lighting technique. Luminous Merinos illuminate the Gallery’s south-east façade. The installation can best be viewed after dark, travelling along Bourke Street.

15

Mike MacGregor, New Start

2014

Location: Caroline Chisolm Courtyard, Church Street

Mike MacGregor, New Start

Mike MacGregor is a local artist who is nationally recognised for his incredibly ambitious and detailed metal work. He uses recycled materials, forging parts for his works that span the tiny and enormous in scale. His work is regularly exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea. ‘New Start’ is a magnificent addition to the Civic building end of the Caroline Chisholm Court. This work can be accessed via Bourke Street and is a breathtaking, eight metres high!

16

Adrina Khobane for Artlandish Art & Design, Bogong

2010

Location: Caroline Chisolm Courtyard, Church Street

Adrina Khobane for Artlandish Art & Design, Bogong

Adrina Khobane is an indigenous artist who works with Artlandish. The Bogong sculpture is a work made up of 3 rusted steel panels that stand 3 metres high featuring Bogong moth motifs. The work can be best viewed when visiting the Gallery, approaching from the Bourke Street entrance.

17

Will Coles, Burden and Memories

2009

Location: Goulburn Railway Station, Sloane Street

Will Coles, Burden and Memories

Will Coles is well known for his contemporary sculptures that are defiant yet accessible readings on street art which may unsettle as well as surprise and delight. Resonating strongly with ideas of journey and discovery, ‘Memories and Burden’ sit outside the historic Goulburn Railway station entrance where they are an absurdly wonderful distraction for those coming and going. The works reflect the artist's concerns with the amount of junk generated by today's society and whether we will ever produce anything worth 'digging up' in the future.

18

Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend, Street Theatre

2006

Location: Corner of Auburn and Clinton Streets

Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend, Street Theatre

Local artists Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach work collaboratively in their studio-workshop at Braidwood NSW. They create assemblages of welded and forged steel incorporating salvaged materials and objects in the form of familiar animal subjects. ‘Street Theatre’ is a sculpture of steel cut-out figures that are mounted atop posts, so that passing motorists and pedestrians see the procession of silhouetted figures against the big Goulburn sky. The figures are ‘on the move’ and dynamic, with wind activated components providing a kinetic element with the sculpture that frequently changes with the variances of Goulburn weather. Parked just outside the popular Astor Hotel.

19

G W Bot, The Lake

2006

Location: Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, facade

G W Bot, The Lake

 ‘The Lake’ is a work that references voices of a recent past symbolised by fence posts that criss-cross the Lake. G W Bot describes them: “Many are old and withered now, fragile and needing care. They stand as if they are ancient peoples whose identity has become part of the Lake, as if their shapes are writing an ancient language of the Lake. They speak of a vastness, timelessness, otherworldliness.” G W Bot has expressed this visual language in bronze, an amalgam of metals within the ancient earth. Stretching across space, the fence line opens at a gate, opening perhaps into the Lake, or perhaps it is “a gateway to an understanding of the vastness, the fragility, power and beauty of this land. Or perhaps it is an exit to another reality, another world beyond. Most of us pass by this language, looking for another, for something else.” G W Bot is a Canberra based artist who works primarily in printmaking. Her works are highly acclaimed and are featured in many major public collections including National Gallery of Australia and Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

20

Bill Dorman, Ma baby gone and left me

2005

Location: Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Bill Dorman, Ma baby gone and left me

'I don't know if this person is coming or going, happy or sad. All I know is that everyone carries their own baggage...And some sing about it.' Bill Dorman.

Local artist Bill Dorman has over 30 years teaching experience and often collaborates with other artists. Dorman's works range from political or social commentary to functional or whimsical. Dorman's materials are often at the end of their life, salvaged from recycling yards and are occasionally worked with new materials. He is inspired to 'transform objects and raw materials into works to love, use, make you cry, make you think or to just give you a laugh.'

‘Ma baby gone an left me’ is based on Australian blues harmonica player Chris Wilson, who was the featured musician at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2005. This work was the fifth public artwork commissioned for the Blues Hall of Fame project.

21

Andrew Townsend (working with young people) Murals

2005

Location: Empire Lane

Andrew Townsend (working with young people) Murals

Empire Lane is a busy laneway for foot traffic located in the heart of Goulburn's CBD. This mural youth project involved workshops for young people with Braidwood based artist, Andrew Townsend. Under the guidance of Townsend, the young artists designed and completed a painting, which were then affixed to the walls of the laneway. The murals add colour and vibrancy to a laneway that once was dark and dull. This project was funded by the Regional Arts Fund of the Commonwealth Government.

22

Kirstie and Dale Chalker, Blue Notes

2004

Location: Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Kirstie and Dale Chalker, Blue Notes

‘Blue Notes’, created by local artists Kirstie and Dale Chalker. Kirstie has several works installed throughout Goulburn and here she has been commissioned to make a work relevant to the famous and much loved Blues Festival held in Goulburn each year.

23

Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend, Empire Lane Moasic Footpath

2002

Location: Empire Lane

Suzie Bleach and Andrew Townsend, Empire Lane Moasic Footpath

Local artists Andrew Townsend and Suzie Bleach work collaboratively in their studio in Braidwood. The mosaics that adorn the footpath in Empire Lane are the result of a series of workshops for young people, facilitated by the artists. Townsend and Bleach, through teaching, adapted a range of designs crafted through the workshops. There are two components- a cross form and a zigzag form. Three discrete components by young people can be viewed further up the lane.

24

Brooke Maurice The Singer

2003

Location: Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Brooke Maurice The Singer

Brooke Maurice is a local sculptor represented in many private collections in Britain, USA and Australia. ‘The Singer’ is a stylised figure with a trumpet and brings figurative works in to the sculpture park down at the VIC. The public artwork was the third commissioned for the Blues Hall of Fame project in 2001 and really adds a sense of movement and personality to Goulburn’s VIC.

25

Kirstie Chalker, Wheels

2003

Location: Waste Reovery Centre, 100 Sinclair Street

Kirstie Chalker, Wheels

‘Wheels’ are located at the Waste Recovery Centre in Goulburn. Created by local artist Kirstie Chalker, this work is made entirely using discarded materials. The transformation of insignificant junk into a valued object is one that inspires much of Chalker's practice. Kirstie Chalker is based near Taralga NSW and works primarily in sculpture and installation. Her work is largely concerned with rural and environmental issues and she has several public works on display around Goulburn.

26

Fran Ifould, Ibis

2003

Location: Waste Recovery Centre, 100 Sinclair Street

Fran Ifould, Ibis

‘Ibis’ is a quirky sculpture of the much revered and reviled bird, by local artist Fran Ifould. Ifould, who usually works primarily in printmaking, focuses on the theme of landscape where she explores issues of land ownership. She is keenly interested in the way the spirit of a landscape matches her own spirit, giving her a pathway to connect with the landform. Located at the Goulburn Waste Recovery Centre, Sinclair Street, Ibis is formed from recycled metal and stands proudly as a symbol of survival. 

 

27

Wellspring Environmental Arts and Design, Passing Parade

2003

Location: Auburn and Bradley Streets

Wellspring Environmental Arts and Design, Passing Parade

Canberra based artists Philip Nizette and Jennifer Jones comprise Wellspring Environmental Arts and Design. ‘Passing Parade’ is a whimsical public artwork located on the roundabout at the intersection of Bradley and Auburn Streets. The work is a light hearted depiction of Goulburn as Australia's first inland city, its rural character and of transportation. The work features four freestanding sculptural elements, using animals to represent modes of transport used throughout Goulburn's history. As one drives around the roundabout, they will be delighted with the view of cartoons of a horse and rider, cow and duck, cycling kangaroo, and car. The duo have decades of experience between them.

 

28

Kirstie Chalker, Traces of Traffic

2003

Location: 98 Auburn Street

Kirstie Chalker, Traces of Traffic

‘Traces of Traffic’ is a montage of tiles created by local artist Kirstie Chalker. Using cement and ochre, Chalker was inspired by different forms of transport and the imprints that are left behind. The public artwork comprises a selection of footpath tiles best viewed when walking along the west side of Auburn Street, between Clinton and Verner Streets. Kirstie Chalker is based near Taralga NSW and works primarily in sculpture and installation. Her work is largely concerned with rural and environmental issues.

29

Marilyn Puschak, Three Poles

2001

Location: Corner Goldsmith and Auburn Streets

Marilyn Puschak, Three Poles

Puschak drew from a range of sources for ‘3 Poles’, citing Goulburn’s colonial past, local Aboriginal communities as well as the present day city as inspiration. The work encompasses a variety of materials to build an interesting and tactile surface across the three objects and each feature hand-stencils by members of the local Aboriginal community. The artist uses the variation in material and surface as a way of creating deeper meaning across her referenced sources. These works can be viewed ‘in the round’ and are beautifully detailed with local imagery, scenes and text such as the gates from the old courthouse, quotes from ‘My Brilliant Career’ by Miles Franklin and aboriginal artefacts.

 

30

Sebastian Meijbaum, The Piano

2001

Location: Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Sebastian Meijbaum, The Piano

 ‘The Piano’ is a work by local artist Sebastian Meijbaum (1946 - 2014) who was a graduate of the ANU. Meijbaum is represtented in many collections including Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, The McClelland Sculpture Park as well as other public and private collections. The Piano was the second public artwork sought for the Blues Hall of Fame project that began in 2001. Meijbaum has a large scale work, ‘The Shearing hat began in 2001. Meijbaum has a large scale work, ‘The Shearing Shed’ on display at the façade of the Gallery.

31

Ashley Hunt, The Guitar

2001

Location: Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Ashley Hunt, The Guitar

 ‘The Guitar’ was created by local artist and farmer Ashley Hunt. Located at the front of the Visitor Information Centre, the work is an up scaled neck and headstock of a guitar. The work is installed as a part of a sculpture park project up at the VIC where several local artists created a series of wonderful works to celebrate the long standing Blues Festival held annually in Goulburn. ‘The Guitar’ was the first public artwork commissioned for the Blues Hall of Fame project in 2001.

32

Fran Ifould, The Big Picture

1999

Location: Cemetry Street, visible from Sydney Road

Fran Ifould, The Big Picture

Fran Ifould created this epic mural in 1999 and it remains visible from Sydney Road today. She is a member of the local group, the Southern Highlands Printmakers and has a practice centred on the theme of landscape where she explores issues of land ownership, defined by possession, or stewardship. She is keenly interested in the way the spirit of a landscape matches her own spirit, giving her a pathway to connect with the landform and land use from an attitude of kinship with the land itself.

33

Sebastian Meijbaum, The Shearing Shed

1998

Location: Civic Centre, Bourke Street facade

Sebastian Meijbaum, The Shearing Shed

The Shearing Shed references Goulburn's pastoral history as a major wool producing region. Using steel, local artist Sebastian Meijbaum (1946-2014) created a one point perspective into a shearing shed. The work is permanently installed onto the wall of the Civic Centre, appropriate considering the building was designed to reflect rural architecture. The public artwork is best viewed when travelling north along Bourke Street.

 

James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, 'Lilac Walk' 2018, Walker Lane Goulburn
James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, ‘Lilac Walk’ 2018, Walker Lane Goulburn
James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, 'Lilac Walk' 2018, Walker Lane Goulburn
James Lieutenant and Kate Vassallo, ‘Lilac Walk’ 2018, Walker Lane Goulburn