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Herston Quarter Public Art Plan

Client: Australian unity and Hutchinson Builder

Cultural Capital was engaged to produce a Public Art Plan for Herston Quarter, a mixed use precinct at the heart of one of Brisbane’s largest health precincts. Throughout the process Cultural Capital consulted with heritage consultants Urbis, architects Hassell and wayfinding consultancy Dot Dash to ensure consistency across the strategies.

The art plan was a condition of the development approval for Herston Quarter by Economic Development Queensland (EDQ). Cultural Capital has delivered a high level strategy for the precinct consistent with the development condition including indicative artwork concepts for the Heritage Precinct.

Cultural Capital’s strategy responded to the  site’s past, present and future uses by creating opportunities for arts and health experiences  to improve community and individual health and wellbeing.

The strategy envisioned a precinct-wide collection of public artworks that support well-being for diverse audiences, promoting awareness of health issues, including mental health, by creating opportunities for artworks that provide intellectual stimulation or encourage mindfulness. The program includes interactive works, which create environments that may be a combination of inspiring and uplifting, and restful and meditative to increase feelings of well-being. The program also aims to recognise Indigenous cultural maintenance as central to health and well-being by commissioning works by Indigenous artists which will specifically explore Indigenous heritage. 

The program consists of temporary and permanent public artworks, which will be launching in 2022-23.