Braddon Block Party street art

Expressions of Interest for Braddon Block Party Street Art


In the City Canberra and the ACT Government are calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from artists to work with a small team of young people to develop, design and paint street art on Lonsdale Street, Braddon. There are five walls suitable for seven teams, with painting to coincide with the Braddon Block Party on Saturday 29 October 2016.

Creative objectives

The Lead artists in this project will work alongside young people to develop a design and paint together on Saturday 29 October. Though there is no set theme or style, the artwork must be appropriate for Braddon.

Lead artist's role

The lead artist must coordinate the design and painting of a public artwork with individuals from a youth support organisation such as Ted Noffs, PCYC, Every Man Australia or from another organisation of the artists choice. The lead artist will work alongside and mentor the young people during the design and painting process, painting together on Saturday 29 October 2016.


An amount of $3,000 (including GST) will be paid to each Lead artist which is inclusive of all artist fees associated with the development and creation of the artwork, as well as all materials including paints, ladders, personal protection equipment (PPE) and public liability insurance.

Selection criteria

To submit your interest please email the following to the emails below:

  • your name, email address and phone number
  • images of recent works (photographs of sketch books, street art, paintings or other mediums to show your style of art)
  • referee contact details from another similar project or someone who is familiar with your art (e.g.a tutor or art teacher)
  • a written statement of no more than 500 words on why you want to be involved in this project and the style of artwork you would like to paint in Braddon
  • the lead artist and young people must be available to finish the artwork on Saturday 29 October 2016, as part of the Braddon Block Party.

The work has to:

  • have broad appeal
  • display advanced technical skill
  • contain your contact details and paid for by In the City Canberra with support from the ACT Government and include ITCC's website and logo
  • use only long wearing/lasting paint
  • be full of colour and be a point of interest
  • cover the whole wall to ladder height (to help deter tagging)
  • where a team is working on half of a longer wall, the join should be creative and logical
  • cover the wall to a height that does not require a cherry picker.

The work cannot be:

  • offensive whereby most would consider racist, sexist, contains crude language, depicts highly sexual or violent images, or contains a person's details
  • advertising.

Supporting documents

If selected, the artist will have to provide the following documents which will be emailed to them to complete and return:

  • artist's agreement to sign.
  • risk assessment for the creation of the mural.
  • Copy of artists public liability insurance.

Artist selection

All EOI applicants will be assessed by a panel. There are five walls suitable for seven teams. The selection panel will consist of representatives from the ACT Government, In the City Canberra and Braddon businesses owners.


Monday 1 August 2016: EOI opens

Sunday 28 August 2016 (4 weeks to submit): EOI closes

Week commencing Monday 29 August 2016: The selection panel evaluates the submissions to select Lead artists

Friday 2 September 2016: The selection panel will notify the successful artist. Selection panel will also give feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Early September: The lead artists enter into an agreement that formalises the content of this document.

September: Lead artists draw a number out of a "hat" which assigns them to a specific wall. The artist will then develop designs with the young people in their team, enabling the wall owners and panel to view and be satisfied with the outcome.

Early October 2016: Invoice and initial payment of 75% of $3,000 to lead artist

Mid October 2016: Commence artwork

Saturday 29 October 2016: Complete lower level artwork on the day of the Braddon Block Party event. Ladders and other climbing equipment cannot be used on the day of the party. Teams must be available onsite for potential media interviews and photos.

Mid November: Following satisfactory completion of the artwork, lead artist to invoice In the City Canberra for payment of the remaining 25% of $3,000.

In the City Canberra and the ACT Government will:

  • obtain approvals from the property owners and their tenants
  • prepare the background to the walls
  • promote the activity and event
  • manage a voting system for People's Choice via Facebook at the Braddon Block Party with a prize to the winning team
  • seal the completed walls with a graffiti resistant coating.

The team conditions

The team of artists must:

  • Be Australian residents and identify Canberra as their home
  • Be led by a lead artist who is skilled in project management and team coordination skills.
  • Use the $3,000 to pay for all material costs needed for the creation of the art. This includes paint, scissor lift/ladders (in accordance with WHS requirements), protective clothing, masks, water and sun protection.
  • Be no less than three people (lead artists and at least two young people).
  • Must include individuals from a youth support organisation such as Ted Noffs, PCYC, Every Man Australia or young people the Lead artist selects from their own contacts. Young people can be matched with artists via this project.
  • Share and promote the event through your own communication channels.

The Lead artist and all artists must:

  • Retain copyright over their original image and give In the City Canberra and the ACT Government the rights to reproduce the image and issue 3rd party licensing agreements, free of charge, for the purpose of promotion or otherwise. Permission will be sought to sell any product that uses artists' images.
  • Not commence work until the Temporary Traffic and Pedestrian Management Plans are in place.
  • Undertake a site risk assessment and implement all safety precautions.
  • Not paint in any adverse weather conditions, such as high winds, if it is likely to affect people's safety or present a risk to property, such as paint overspray onto nearby vehicles or pedestrians.
  • Not clean or store paint or equipment where it could damage plants, be disposed of onsite or pollute the stormwater system.
  • Only allow trained people to work at heights to erect/use scissor lifts or secure ladders to reach upper wall areas.
  • Manage the mural site in a safe and orderly manner.
  • Vacate the site in a clean and tidy condition.
  • Comply with instruction from In the City Canberra, the ACT Government, the police and other public authorities.
  • Keep noise levels to a minimum to avoid disturbing nearby businesses and residents.
  • Provide In the City Canberra evidence of current public liability insurance for the duration of the project.
  • Direct any media enquiries to In the City Canberra.
  • Sign an agreement with In the City Canberra and the ACT Government.

To express your interest in this project please email the items referred to in the selection criteria to:

Lyndon Cox
In the City Canberra Ranger or 0448 222 375.


Louise Emberson
Graffiti Management Coordinator or 02 6207 5959.

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