Nominate now for Australia’s best Public Art Project

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The search is now on for Australia’s best Public Art Project.

This is your chance to be part of the 40-year celebration of Australia’s most respected and prestigious property industry awards program, which celebrates innovative projects, companies and professionals. 

In 2022 we celebrate 40 years of the Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation & Excellence Awards.

RLB has been the Principal Sponsor for the duration of the program.

The bronze sculpture ‘Aspiration’ garnered an award for public art from the Property Council, RLB and the Art Gallery of NSW in 1991.

To commemorate the 40-year celebration, RLB and the Property Council are now reviving this award. We are thrilled to announce a brand new category – the Rider Levett Bucknall Award for Best Public Art Project.

The award recognises the use of Public Art within projects/developments to create brilliant spaces and in turn enriching and enlivening our cities and suburbs.

Stephen Mee, Rider Levett Bucknall’s managing director in New South Wales, has spent his career costing ideas to bring imagination to life.

“The value of artwork is not dollar driven – it is social and community driven,” Mee says. “But the financial benefits of creating places that are destinations and that facilitate community are obvious – good artwork can support that.”

Mee is partial to the work of the late sculptor Adrian Mauriks. Bird Totem, a six-metre bronze, stands sentinel in Sydney’s National Bank Plaza.

The award for Best Public Art Project, sponsored by RLB, will showcase the property industry’s role as “champions of public art,” Mee adds.

“If you have supported public art projects worthy of recognition – please encourage curators and cultural creators to submit their nominations.”

“We think this new award can help define the role and value of public art in creative placemaking,” Mee concludes.

Nominations for the 2022 Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards are now open and will close on Friday, 8 April 2022 at 5.00pm (AEST). 

To find out more about the 18 award categories and to download the award criteria, visit the awards website

Click below to start your nomination. 

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This is an edited extract from an article published first in Property Australia in September 2021.

Photograph: Josh Raymond – Interloop at Wynyard Station.