Platform Project

Platform is an experiment in innovation and exploration. From 1 June – 31 October, we are encouraging artists and creatives at all levels the opportunity to explore, experiment, develop and share their temporary artwork, projects and ideas within the public realm.

Axford Park, Mount Hawthorn, a stretch of footpath on William Street (between Newcastle Street and Forbes Road), Northbridge and residential front yards will be the first round of platform sites for this project. The project isn’t limited by age, background, approach or art form. The City welcomes full artistic freedom in all of its forms from anyone who wants to be involved. This may include but not limited to visual arts, drawings, textiles, crafts, sculpture, installations, performances, projections or found art. Platform encourages the process of testing and trialling creative ideas in the public realm.

The project is part of the City’s Arts Development Action Plan and aims to encourage creatives and emerging artists in the City of Vincent to share their skills with the community. Platform also supports artists with a studio practice wanting to shift their work into the public realm.

Prizes Up for Grabs

A monthly prize of $500 per month will be awarded for innovative, original, popular and forward-thinking public artwork so be sure to share on social media with #platformproject.

How to Get Involved

  1. Check out the guidelines, frequently asked questions and platform site maps.
  2. Develop and install your artwork or project safely between 1 June and 31 October in a Platform site.
  3. Take a photo or video of your installed artwork or project and submit to arts@vincent.wa.gov.au or via the registration form at the bottom of the page
  4. Share your artwork and use the hashtag #platformproject and tag @cityofvincent and @makevincent

FAQ's

What is Platform?

Platform is an experimental community led art initiative where creatives are encouraged to explore and experiment with their art in the public realm and residential front yards.

The project isn’t limited by age, background or art form. The City welcomes full artistic freedom in all of its forms from anyone who wants to be involved. This may include but not limited to visual arts, drawings, textiles, crafts, sculpture, installations, performances, projections or found art. Platform encourages the process of testing and trialling creative ideas in the public realm.

This project is temporary, meaning artwork may be installed for a couple of hours or for the full six months of the project.

Where is Platform?

The sites for Platform are within Axford Park, Mount Hawthorn, a stretch of footpath along William Street, Northbridge and in resident’s front yards. 

What areas cannot be used as a Platform?

The Platform sites are located in defined public spaces so we ask participants to be considerate of other people when planning their works and keep within the spaces allocated for this project. Elements in Axford Park including the War Memorial, Wall of Remembrance and adjoining car park are not included in the Platform site and should not be used for this project.

If you are wanting to put artwork on businesses or private property written permission is required from the landowners prior to commencing. This permission can be forwarded through to arts@vincent.wa.gov.au

All artwork should be minimally invasive, not offensive in nature and require little effort to install and remove.

What if there is an artwork already up where I want to place mine?

Please respect others works, keep it clean and don’t cut into other people’s work without prior permission. Tagging or obscene artwork will not be condoned and removed immediately. 

How long can artwork be at Platform site?

The length of time the artwork is on display is up to the individual whether that be half a day or for the whole six months of the project. All artwork needs to be minimally invasive, not offensive or damaged.

Where in the Platform site can I put my artwork?

An open site selection is to be considered for Platform project. Think artwork which offers viewers small surprising experiences as they move along key pedestrian routes and reward observant pedestrians through their engagement with the space and artwork.

The artist/creative is responsible for the installation and de-installation of the artwork. The City may provide in-kind assistance as negotiated. The site must be returned to its original condition by the artist/creative by 31 October.

Elements in the Axford Park Mount Hawthorn site which may be considered include:

  • Bins
  • Exterior walls of Exeloo toilet
  • Bus Shelter
  • Footpaths
  • Seating
  • Trees

Elements in the William Street site which may be considered include:

  • Footpath
  • Bins
  • Light poles
  • Trees
  • Fence between The Moon and Salvation Army
  • Elements in your front yard site which may be considered include:
  • Letterbox
  • Installation of artwork in front yard
  • Chalked pavement

What materials can I use for the project?

There is no limitation in materials provided they pose no threat or hazard to the public and are able to withstand weather wear and tear. Any construction must comply with relevant regulations. Due to the scope of the project and its temporary nature, artists are encouraged to be resourceful in their selection of materials and reusing and recycling of materials is encouraged.

What if my artwork is damaged?

The artist or creative is responsible for maintaining the artwork for the duration of the project. If the artwork is damaged beyond repair, the City may where possible, in consultation with the artist or creative, remove the work. We also recommend that because these areas are public, not to install artworks which are very expensive or irreplaceable. This project is better suited to ephemeral public artwork.

The City cannot provide security for the artwork.

What if you see a damaged or dangerous artwork?

Please report any damaged or dangerous artwork concerns via Report It

How can I keep up-to-date on the art being installed?

Follow the City of Vincent and Make Vincent on Instagram or check out the #platformproject hashtag. The City will be continually seeking additions to the sites between June – October so be sure to pop down in person to check them out first hand.

How do I enter the competition?

  1. Check out the guidelines and platform site maps.
  2. Develop and install your artwork or project safely between 1 June and 31 October in a Platform site.
  3. Take a photo or video of your installed artwork or project and submit to arts@vincent.wa.gov.au
  4. Share your artwork and use the hashtag #platformproject and tag @cityofvincent and @makevincentre.
  5. Please read the Competition Terms and Conditions

What do I win in the competition?

A monthly prize of $500 per month will be awarded for innovative, original, popular and forward-thinking public artwork based on photos of artwork shared on social media with #platformproject.

At the end of the project, there is the intension of a participant of Platform being selected and commissioned by the City to create a permanent art installation.

I am a resident how do I get involved?

Follow the City of Vincent and Make Vincent on Instagram or check out the #platformproject hashtag. The City will be continually seeking artwork additions to the Axford Park and William Street sites between June – October so be sure to pop down in person to check them out first hand.

If you or a friend have a front yard in the City of Vincent we encourage you to get involved in this aspect of the project too.

What to do if you don't enter the competition, but want your artwork credited appropriately

For your artwork to be attributed to you please complete the registration form below and include images of your artwork on location.

 

Registration Form

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