Public Art

No Name Lane -  April 2023 Exhibition

Public art contributes to our understanding and appreciation of our cultural and natural heritage. It enhances our built environment and creates more meaningful public spaces.

It adds enormous value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. It is now a well-accepted principle of urban design that public art contributes to a community's identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors.

We have developed a Public Art Policy(PDF, 88KB) for the Local Government area that actively seeks opportunities to develop public art in and around Queanbeyan, Bungendore and Braidwood plus the outer lying villages.

Across the last decade the Public Art offer in the Queanbeyan CBD has grown significantly with the completion of the Monaro Lanes project in 2022. This project has contributed large scale murals, themed storytelling through corten steel cut out lightboxes and an outside photography gallery.

A Public Art Walk has been developed to enable visitors and locals to discover the diverse range of quirky creations located around Queanbeyan’s CBD. View the online map here.

Public artworks in and around the Queanbeyan CBD

Monaro Lanes

No Name Lane Outside Photography Gallery

No Name Lane is a vibrant contemporary take on the urban environment and structures within the space which features large scale murals by Yanni Pounartzis and a series of backlit photographic boxes.

This gallery space has two exhibitions each year.

  • April 2023 - Frank Lindner - THE OUTSIDER
  • May 2022 - Hilary Wardhaugh

Blacksmiths Lane

Blacksmiths Lane is a reimagined old-world lane- reminiscent of blacksmiths and wheelwrights who used to work in the lane dating back to 1877. The lane features large murals by Al Stark; storytelling cut out steel panels, backlit at night by Suzie bleach and Andrew Townsend; hand forged metal work signage by Michael Warner.

Sensory Garden, Ray Morton Park

  • 'Morty' the Snail Sculpture by Neil Dickinson
  • Connect, Grow, Celebrate – Ceramic Tile Installation – Community project coordinated by artist Diana Quiggin
  • Jullergung Totem Poles by local Indigenous artists, Matilda House, Louise Brown, Justin Brown, Cheree Williams, Jerikye Williams, Kaden Williams, Joseph Williams, Tenay Williams and Mick Huddleston (Coordinated by Matilda House)
  • UFOnium – Recycled gas bottle musical sculpture by Jack Dallwitz
  • Sonic Bench Sound Sculpture – by Kim Bowman. Activated when pressure is placed on the bench seat
  • Accessible Marimba by Kim Bowman. Wheelchair accessible interactive sound sculpture

Queen Elizabeth II Park

  • Volunteers mosaic artwork seat by Suzie Bleach and Andy Townsend
  • RESPECT mosaic panel – Community project coordinated by Freya Jobbins. Original artwork by Jerrabomberra Public School student Sophie McKinley
  • Permanent table tennis table sponsored by Bost Civil with artwork by Mike Shankster
  • Native Fauna Stainless Steel Bin Surrounds by Neil Dickinson

Crawford Street Lifestyle Precinct

  • Bird sculptures on top of the street signs by Neil Dickinson
  • Native Flora Stainless Steel Bin Surrounds by Neil Dickinson
  • Mosaic panels on outdoor seating - Community project by 7 local community groups, coordinated by Kim Grant
  • Laneway Mural by Neil Dickinson and students from the Queanbeyan High Metals Trade School

Various locations

  • Kimono artwork and Cherry Blossoms in the Sister City Park
  • John Gale sculpture located on the corner of Monaro and Lowe Streets
  • Aboriginal mural at Letchworth Community Centre
  • Steel Poetry Panels - installed in Poets Lane, Queanbeyan Museum, Riverbank Café and at Jerrabomberra Pond
  • ‘Queany’ the Platypus by Neil Dickinson with the mosaic component coordinated by Freya Jobbins, A combined artist / community project
  • Queens Bridge Mural with artwork by Mike Shankster. The mural celebrates the past and present identity of Queanbeyan and the contemporary large-scale, highly visible work supports the ongoing development of a cultural precinct in the area.
  • Karabar Open Spaces project – Paint a Post - a community project with painted posts being installed in and around Karabar as part of the beautification project. Post locations are Dane Park and Coolebah Park, with painted posts and mosaic seats installed in front of Karabar netball courts on the corner of Southbar and Candlebark. 
  • Book stack power box by Adam Long - painted work outside Queanbeyan Library
  • Queanbeyan Library Artworks by six local artists. Artworks are located outside and inside the Library
  • Ricky Stuart mural with artwork by Claire Foxton. Large-scale mural on the side of the The Q theatre.