We are cleaning and bringing life and colour to Bayside thanks to grant from the Victorian Government. We need your help to develop themes that characterise your neighbourhood and let the artists know what makes your suburb special. Your community themes will be the creative inspiration for the artists to design street art murals to be installed across Bayside’s shopping strips, foreshore and public assets.
If you have any questions about the project, check the list below to see if we have already answered it or submit your own question in the box on the right.
Frequently asked questions
This project does not include graffiti removal on private property (apart from the fences on Nepean Highway). Graffiti removal on private property is the responsibility of the owner. The priority for this project is publicly owned properties and assets which are shared and enjoyed by the whole Bayside community.
Council provides free graffiti removal kits. Council also funds a Neighbourhood Watch program (Graffiti Busters) which has been very successful in removing graffiti from private properties in some areas of Bayside. Visit Council’s website for more information about free graffiti removal kits and the Graffiti Busters program.
The mural artists were selected in conjunction with 90 Degrees Art, a professional graffiti and street art studio. Profiles of each of the artists are included on this page.
We encourage everyone to provide input into developing the themes for each of the suburbs. Your feedback will ensure the community has a voice in developing the artist’s brief and that the theme of the mural is representative of the area in which you live, work, shop or visit. Public art is subjective, and we won’t always please everyone but we aim to try!
On this occasion, we did not receive any applications from any artists who identify as indigenous. Council is committed to ensuring that only genuine indigenous artists produce indigenous style artworks for this project. We are fortunate that Bayside does showcase genuine indigenous public art across the municipality, including Bundjil’s eggs sculpture (Glenn Romanis 2008), the 2021 Bayside Art Acquisitive prize and other artworks in the Bayside Art Collection. The Sandringham Street Art Association has also worked with indigenous groups and artists for several of their murals in Sandringham.
A volunteer panel has been recruited to assess the concept designs created by the artists. The panel will evaluate whether the concept designs reflect the themes identified by the community. All designs will also need to be approved by the asset owners.
Panel members are:
- Joanna Bosse is the Curator of Bayside Gallery, owned by Bayside City Council, and is leading the Panel process for selecting designs created by the artists.
- Ian Cochrane is Secretary of the Sandy Street Art Project and is a Sandringham resident and a writer, with a background including Visual Arts, Engineering Design, Local Government, Project Management, Web Design and Social Media.
- Geoff Bransbury is a long time resident of Beaumaris and the founder and leader of Neighbourhood Watch 3193 Graffiti Busters program which was a finalist in the 2020 Keep Australia Beautiful Awards. Geoff has also been involved with NHW 3193’s mural projects in Black Rock and Beaumaris. Geoff is passionate about keeping Bayside beautiful and works tirelessly as a community volunteer.
- Daniel Vaughan is a local restaurateur who has owned and run The Pantry Group since 1993. Daniel lives in Bayside, his children attend school in Brighton and he thoroughly enjoys being involved with the community wherever he can.
- Leanne Johnson is the Cleaning and Graffiti Management Officer at Bayside City Council and is coordinating the Working for Victoria Graffiti and street art project in partnership with CityWide.
If you belong to an incorporated organisation, you could apply through Council’s annual Community Grants program to fund a mural in a public area. If you aren’t part of an incorporated organisation, we would still love to hear your suggestion. The scope of this project is already set but we have other street and public art projects in the pipeline. Please contact Council’s Cleaning and Graffiti Management Officer, Leanne Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9599 4613.
Murals painted on private property need to be organised and funded by the property owner. We can provide contact details of the artists involved with this project if you would like to make direct enquiries with them. Please contact Council’s Cleaning and Graffiti Management Officer, Leanne Johnson at email@example.com or call 9599 4613.
Street art differs from graffiti in that street art is a legal, image-based artwork, usually commissioned by a company or organisation to beautify an area. Graffiti is usually an illegal activity done at night that is word based and placed in an area that is unwanted.
Many graffitists respect street art as an artform and do not like to ‘tag’ over it. If street art is installed on public assets such as signal boxes and bridges, it limits the areas where graffiti can be done.