Express Yourself

July 20, 2018

“Express yourself.” – Madonna.

The Expressionist Movement was a school of artists seeking an authentic representation of the world. They approached art in a world where photography was developing and so the emphasis had shifted from re-creating the natural world to interpreting. Expressionism was about seeing, as opposed to just looking, and applying emotion and spirituality to a subject.

Byron Shire, it is your turn. Byron Shire Council is calling for artists who are interested in creating an iconic piece of public art to feature in the upgrade of Railway Park in Byron Bay.

“This is one of our more significant public art projects with a budget of up to $80,000,” said Byron Shire Council General Manager Mark Arnold. “We know that Byron is a hotbed of creative talent, and Council is pleased to offer this significant artistic opportunity right in the centre of town.”

Expressions of interest are open until the 30th of July, 2018 with the installation to take place in the first half of 2019.

The upgrade to Railway Park is the first project of the Byron Bay Masterplan Committee, with the goal of enriching the area as a stand-alone attraction and a drawcard for the town.

The artist brief and guidelines can be viewed and downloaded from:

The process of determining the final piece will include a shortlist of four entries by the Byron Shire Council’s Public Art Panel. Finalists will be awarded a $1,000 stipend to prepare a final concept design.

The final decision will be made by Plummer & Smith who are the consulting firm for the upgrade project.

Ultimately, the project is a means of drawing inspiration from the past and expressing new ideas about Byron Bay, and there is a lot to celebrate in our local region. This area is world famous for its natural beauty, indigenous heritage, sustainable lifestyle values, social inclusion, cultural diversity and the participation and guardianship that exists in our community.

A celebration of local talent, treating a local subject to be installed in Railway Park to be forever relished by locals is an initiative we can all be really proud of.

In the words of another famous expressionist, “Everyone who renders directly and honestly whatever drives him to create is one of us.” – E L Kirchner.

One Response to “Express Yourself”

  • Charles MacFarland says:

    I wish council would leave the Railway Park alone! I liked it the way it was! We thought by electing a Green Council we were stopping developers, but it turns out the Greens are just developers with a different way of messing up things!

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