About public art

Public art is an expression of Adelaide’s cultural richness and creativity. It reflects how we express who we are as individuals and as part of a wider community.

Public art is for everyone, encouraging people to engage with a place. It adds vibrancy, reflects the city’s unique identity, its people and their stories. Art can be experiences, it can stimulate expression, surprise with the unexpected, and invite people to stop, explore and return.

The three-year Public Art Action Plan celebrates Adelaide’s status as a leading global Creative City. Building on the cities rich collection of sculptures, installation and commemorative monuments, celebrating the public art traditions and living culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and recognising the artistic traditions from around the globe to enriched both our community and influenced creative expressions to enable bold, future-focussed and ambitious public art.

The goals for the Public Art Action Plan are:

  1. Adelaide is a must visit destination, renowned for its playful, thought provoking, unexpected and world-class art experiences
  2. Adelaide’s public art celebrates its rich and vibrant Aboriginal and culturally diverse identities
  3. Adelaide is a world leading city of art that tells the story of the past and connects the future, reflecting the growth and evolution of the city
  4. Adelaide builds capacity, works collaboratively, forms partnerships and advocates for art that invigorates the built environment and urban landscape.

Read the Adelaide: City of Art Public Art Action Plan 2019 – 2022

In the development of Adelaide: City of Art Public Art Action Plan 2019 – 2022, a discussion paper was created in partnership with the University of South Australia.

Read the Public Art Discussion Paper

Public art in the city

For your enjoyment we've created a map of Public art in the city. You can download and follow this guide which highlights selected significant historical and contemporary artworks in the City of Adelaide.

Please note, due to construction works in the Adelaide Riverbank precinct, some works have been temporarily removed or relocated to protect them.