Sydney Football Stadium Public Art Program

Completed: 2022
Client: Infrastructure for NSW

Cultural Capital was engaged to prepare and deliver a Public Art Plan for the Sydney Football Stadium Redevelopment. Cultural Capital developed the plan in consultation with the landscape/architect, City of Sydney Public Art Unit, Metropolitan and La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Councils, and an Art Advisory Panel made up of the project’s key stakeholders.

The preparation of the SFS Public Art Plan is a condition of the development approval. The Plan synthesised the existing documents relating to public art at SFS, and progressed the preliminary approach into a developed plan for public art.

Cultural Capital identified stakeholders early in the process and produced a stakeholder engagement plan. This report established the engagement framework to achieve stakeholder support for the SFSR Public Art Plan. The report specified the frequency and type of communications, contact persons, and approvals required.

The Public Art Plan was endorsed by the Art Advisory Panel and City of Sydney Public Art Unit.

Cultural Capital then curated and managed the delivery of six public art commissions for the stadium in collaboration with the appointed builders (John Holland Group).

The Public Art Program presents an ambitious collection of art works responding to ideas of ‘Ritual and Spectacle’. The program features artist-designed stadium seats by Tony Albert, a sports surface by Dennis Golding, a wind screen featuring the artwork of Gary Carsley, a sculpture commission from Dinni Kemarre Kunoth, an immersive sound installation by Tina Havelock Stevens, and a video commission by Carmen Glynn-Braun and Marilyn Russell.

The Sydney Football Stadium Public Art Program features significant representation of local Indigenous stories and place-based narratives.

The stadium is a new cultural destination for audiences from around the globe to come and experience art and sport.