Pride of Place
The Pride of Place Taskforce was created to address issues that impact on the overall amenity of the city including graffiti, vandalism, community safety, cleanliness and appearance.
Representatives from business, government agencies, young people and the community are represented on the taskforce.
Expression of interest for mural artists
Council are seeking submissions from innovative and creative artists who are interested in painting murals on council owned buildings and infrastructure during a two year period.
The purpose of this process is for Council to accept a small number of artists and grant the artists preferred status for a two year period, along with also selecting one artist to be commissioned to paint a mural at Mayfield Swimming Centre.
If you are interested in submitting your interest, you MUST read and address the requirements in the EOI document.
Submissions close at 2:00pm Tuesday 16 April 2013.
The graffiti hotline – 1800 223 840 -is now up and running. Members of the community can call the hotline to report any incidents of graffiti. Council will then activate its response team to work on removing the graffiti.
Mural art projects
There have been a number of fantastic mural projects around the city. Visit the mural art page for image galleries.
Pride of Place Grants
The inaugural Pride of Place Grant program is closed. Grants of up to $5,000 were available across five categories for projects that beautify local areas and build community pride. Read more about the grants or visit the image gallery to see the completed projects.
Theatre Lane project
Continuing the Hunter’s leading, and most ambitious Public Art Program, Pride of Place undertook a first in contemporary art. In collaboration with Street Art Walking (SAW), a six month ‘paste-up’ project ran in Theatre Lane, Newcastle. International, national and local artists have submitted theatre poster inspired designs online and the works were then pasted up in Theatre Lane.
Local community engagement in clean ups such as Wickham/Throsby/City East. Youth representatives have been active in establishing new rules for use of designated spaces and management of these areas.
Other agencies including Energy Australia and Telstra have agreed to remove offensive or widespread graffiti within 48 hours of it being reported.
Individuals undertaking community service for the Department of Juvenile Justice assist in removing graffiti across the city.
The community often asks what can council do about derelict buildings particularly in the Hunter Street/CBD are. The avenues council can pursue to improve the appearance of the CBD and other suburban areas include:
- long term planning
- monitoring and education and
- direct action.
Find out more about vacant buildings in Newcastle.
Council has been issuing graffiti removal wipes to help residents and businesses so they can manage their own graffiti removal.
Newcastle City Council has installed CCTV in the Civic Precinct for a 12 month trial period to assist with crime detection.
South Newcastle Beach
The removal of the South Newcastle Beach registered art wall took effect from Monday 19 April 2010.