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Sculpture Hire Program

The City of Adelaide Sculpture Hire Program supports the creation and exhibition of a range of public artworks in the public realm.

The program provides an opportunity for emerging artists to be supported to showcase their sculptural artwork within highly-visible public spaces. Selected artwork is exhibited for a minimum of a one year period.

In addition to the hire fee, the City of Adelaide supports the artists through the planning, development approval and permit processes; and covers the cost for transport, engineering, installation, and the fabrication of a descriptive plaque.

Sculpture Locations

The Sculpture Hire Program currently exhibits sculptural artworks on plinths at three locations:

  • Topham Mall, Waymouth Street entrance - 'Shelter’ by Nicholas Uhlmann
  • Box Factory Community Centre - 'Chrysalis' by Astra Parker (shown above)
  • Hindley Street West - ‘Donkaay’ by Steven Bellosguardo


'Shelter’ by Nicholas Uhlmann, 2016

Artist Stephen Bellosguardo

The latest artist to be supported by this program, Stephen Bellosguardo, is an emerging Adelaide based artist who is drawn to creating large, site-specific installations.

Bellosguardo was featured in the Brighton Jetty Classic Sculpture Festival and the Palmer Sculpture Biennial in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges in 2016.  He has recently returned from a month long research trip to New York. His artwork, ‘Donkaay’ was installed on 15 October at the corner of Hindley Street West and Morphett Streets.


‘Donkaay’ by Steven Bellosguardo, 2017

Describing his artistic concepts, Bellosguardo explains:

Often we find ourselves being pulled in different directions, hard to know which path to take and where to focus our energy. This new assemblage portrays the mind in a state of flux. Initially the form appears full of excitement yet somewhat disordered, unsure of its identity and direction. Upon further inspection one realises the figure represents a fusion of ideas, stable and considered, moving together as one.

All artists for the Sculpture Hire Program were sourced through consultation with The Adelaide College of Arts and UniSA.

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