Balarinji was engaged by Transport for NSW to develop a public art strategy for the masterplan of the Redfern North Eveleigh Renewal Project.
The Redfern North Eveleigh precinct is a truly special place. It holds significance for a number of communities for a variety of reasons. It is in the heart of Aboriginal Sydney, while also being a state heritage listed industrial rail site. This significance provides a unique storytelling opportunity to be explored through public art.
The Redfern North Eveleigh Public Art Strategy Balarinji developed, identified the overarching approach and vision for public art in the precinct, outlining the opportunities for public art to express the unique identity and history of the site.
The public art strategy identified three key themes to guide the public art selection for the site. These are:
All of these three themes speak to the cyclical and layered history and future of the precinct. Importantly, the strategic approach is to integrate these themes in a seamless approach that weaves itself across the site to reflect a sharing of history, contemporary story and future vision.
These themes will be further developed in consultation with the community, stakeholders and artists in future phases of the project.