Artists are set to be the major winners from the City of Launceston Council's new public arts policy which could see more art in the Launceston's public spaces.
The interim policy, which comes on the back of the council's cultural strategy, replaces the old public art policy.
The policy will enable the council to integrate public art into capital projects and streetscape improvement projects in Launceston.
"The new interim policy is designed to facilitate artwork in public spaces and covers a number of art forms including integrated art and design, ephemeral art, street art, and performance art," Launceston mayor Albert van Zetten said.
The council is hoping to collaborate with private businesses as well as UTAS and Arts Tasmania to increase the artistic presence around the city.
Cr van Zetten said the council would be open to working with private businesses as well as artistic institutions
"While in the main it will be used for projects taking place on land and buildings owned by the City of Launceston, the interim policy also creates a mechanism for us to provide advice to the private sector and to collaborate with other institutions like the University of Tasmania and Arts Tasmania," he said.
The policy, which was adopted by majority at the recent council meeting, will see council encourage public art initiated by the community and local artists including legal street art and performance art.
At the meeting, deputy mayor Danny Gibson, a prominent arts advocate, praised the direction of the new arts policy.
QVMAG. which is owned by the council, has already made a shift in this direction through the relaunch of the flagship display at their Royal Park site.
The policy specifies consideration of Indigenous heritage in projects.
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