10 things I want for Canberra… Instalment number seven

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

In the lead up to Christmas Canberra CBD Limited is looking at its wish list to revive the City Centre… 

This is the seventh instalment in this series.

7. Artistic license

Everyone loves art. Though our tastes may vary, it’s hard to dispute that a creative touch here and there improves most things.

Canberra is lucky to have such well-known and celebrated national treasures in the art world like the National Gallery of Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

These institutions are certainly a drawcard for Canberrans and our visitors, with special exhibitions, local artists and international masterpieces all making up part of the hype.

Along with our galleries, Canberra’s existing public art and recent renaissance of innovation and creativity that’s gripping our city, art is a big part of what makes our city so special.

We only need mention those sheep, for example – known to every local; never failing to get an odd look or two from our interstate and international visitors. But, love them or hate them, they certainly turn heads, get tongues wagging and cameras and phones clicking.

We know from research undertaken for us earlier this year by Kreab Research that Canberrans want more vibrancy and soul brought into the CBD.

What better way to do this than by bringing more artistic and creative ventures to Civic and Braddon?

Design Canberra, which took place earlier this year, is a great local example of exciting creations and innovative thinking. So many of us came to enjoy over 70 events across 9 days, including temporary art and architecture installations in the city centre.

Further afield, Sculpture by the Sea on the beaches of Sydney and Perth is public exhibition of temporary art installations that draw huge crowds and is internationally known for its prominent display of works from diverse and distinguished local and international artists.

Other local examples like Christmas in the City – Canberra Celebrates! and You are Here festival are popular events with a smorgasbord of creative attractions and installations that successfully activate the city and bring the community together.

More temporary exhibitions and installations, artistic festivals, or other ideas like oversized public colouring-in ‘pages’ on temporary walls would creatively energise and inspire the whole community.

Why not bring more of these pop-up, temporary installations into Civic and Braddon to continue to drive the innovation and creativity boom Canberra is currently seeing, and splash a bit of vibrancy and soul back into our city’s heart?


To read more in the series;

Instalment number one – Enlivening our walkways and laneways

Instalment number two – Place making and city connectivity

Instalment number three – Pride in our heritage

Instalment number four – Brining local business back to the heart

Instalment number five – Bush capital authenticity

Instalment number six – Bringing Floriade to the city

Instalment number eight – Innovation and hot-desks

Instalment number nine – A connected city