Sunbury Cultural Commissions

“Honour the past - value the present – imagine the future"

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Expressions of interest for a new public artwork at the Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury are now open!

Hume City Council invites artists (singularly or in collaboration) who live, work or have a strong affiliation with the area, to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the development of a permanent public artwork (in this brief, the word ‘permanent’ means a lifespan of fifteen years) to be located within the building or grounds of the new HGLC-S.

Sunbury community is distinctive in the broader context of Hume, being a cohesive regional population with strong professionalism and community motivation. Consequently, Hume City Council is collaborating with RMIT University’s Contemporary Art and Social Transformation research group (CAST) to deliver this unique project.

The project aims to create a permanent artwork that is reflective of, and valued by, both residents of Sunbury and communities across Hume. It is also expected that the new work will align with Hume’s Art in Public Places Policy, which requires creative commissions in public locations be site-specific, tell stories that are distinct to local communities, and develop/celebrate a ‘sense of place’. This project is the second stage of the Sunbury Cultural Commissions.

The commissioners are seeking proposals for a bespoke public artwork that builds Sunbury’s cultural reputation beyond Hume City and honours the core values statement of the Centre itself, to: ‘Honour the past, value the present and imagine the future.’ 

Applications close: Friday 6 December (5pm). 

Download the Expression of Interest booklet:

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Once you have read the Expression of Interest, you can apply online or via email to:

Supporting documentation:
Site plans

Enquiries: Hume Community Development Arts and Culture Team 
                  Ph: 9205 2694 or 9356 6117


About stage one of Sunbury Cultural Commissions 


10 local artists have worked throughout 2019 to develop works for the inaugural exhibition of the Hume Global Learning Centre - Sunbury in December 2019. The works that are being developed have been inspired by research and access to the George Evans heritage collection.

Participants in the program are:

  • Angela Dexter (dancer),
  • John Patten (indigenous artist),
  • Jacquie Blight (painter),
  • Simon Millet (digital artist),
  • Yelena Ashlapova (sound artist/painter),
  • Kay Abude (textile / performance artist),
  • Kathy Medbury (graphic artist/painter),
  • Gayle Humphrey (sculptor),
  • Shay Downer (graphic artist), and
  • Dr Peter Minard (historian/writer).

The artists participated in master classes to develop their skills earlier in 2019, working with public art mentors Fiona Hillary and Heather Hesterman, from RMIT’s innovative Community Art and Social Transformation (CAST) - team. 

The range of approaches and points of connection to Sunbury and the collection are widely varied. Covering themes of environment, social history, deep time, personal story and indigenous history,  the artist responses include, murals, installations, sculpture, textiles, dance and ceremonial performance, video, digital art, light and sound works.

Enquiries: Hume Community Development Arts and Culture Team
                  Ph: 9205 2694 or 9356 6117

Updated : 12:29 PM, 12 November 2019

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