Evolve: Public Artists Development Program is a hands-on, wholistic, capacity-building program to create a sustainable, economically stimulated, regional public art industry. Evolve responds to a need for more public art professional development opportunities in regional WA, as there are limited local creatives who can successfully respond to Public Art EOI’s and deliver large scale and complex projects.

Working with recognised public artists and knowledge experts Element, the program utilises a platform of online information and face-to-face practical workshops to upskills a niche profession (public art artists), and give participants the knowledge, skills, practice and confidence to deliver project briefs and generate a consistent income through their practice. 

Evolve 2022: Up + Coming Workshops

Marapikurrinya Park

The Junction Co. is delighted to run a special EVOLVE workshop facilitated by acclaimed public artist Chris Nixon. This session has been created to assist artists in directly responding to the ToPH brief for the upcoming public art project which will create an original 2D design to appear on the 2 shipping containers located in Marapikurrinya park. 

Chris Nixon will go through the EOI criteria and address some of the public art fundamentals listed below: 

  • How to respond to a project expression of interest
  • The design process and design documentation
  • The fabrication process and material considerations
  • The installation and completion process
  • Insurance, contracts and more! 

The session is essentially designed to equip participants with enough information to leave the session with a strong concept of what they will present in their application. 

Artists or creatives interested in engaging in public art projects are invited to sign up to the EVOLVE NETWORK to equip them with all the necessary skills. 

Sign up to the annual EVOLVE membership to register for this event. The annual membership gives you also access to future similar events and lots of resources that will assist you in your public art journey.


EVOLVE 2022: Marapikurrinya Park

When: 28 April 2022, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Where: The Web Hub

18 Edgar Street, Port Hedland

Bring: Your laptop / paper + pen / lunch + water bottle

More information:

Session Booking (Member's Only)


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Join Evolve Network

sign up to expand your horizons

By joining you will gain access to vital information and resources, personal development opportunities and be part of broader public art network. The benefits include:

✖︎ Access to a portal of information including the foundational concepts of public art, needs/constraints from commissioners, considerations for a pandemic/post- pandemic environment, arts law, responding to EOI, working on brief, contracts, memberships and networking opportunities, insurance requirements, maintenance schedule, artwork lifespan and so much more.

✖︎ Access to online videos present by industry experts Element’s Arts & Culture team.

✖︎ FREE registration to hands on workshops at various locations across the Pilbara with established public artists and professionals. Note face-to-face workshops are currently in the Pilbara only, but will look to expand in 2022 across WA.

✖︎ Be part of the Evolve Network: sharing, collaborating, supporting each other + up-to-date information on personal development, commission and development opportunities.

✖︎ Be part of regional public artists database accessed by commissioning bodies.

After EVOLVE registration is completed, you will receive access to the Network page, where all information, resources and opportunities will be published.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact


$110per year


Together with public art experts element, The Junction Co. has developed a five-part video series to inform and up-skill artists in all areas of public art.

Sign up for an Evolve membership to access the full suite of videos.



The EVOLVE program launched in May 2021 in the Pilbara in partnership with Element (consulting agency delivering complex, unprecedented place making and arts projects across WA for 30+ years) and established public art facilitators, Paula Hart, Leanne Bray and Jahne Rees. The immediate program reach was to artists and creatives in Karratha, Newman, and Hedland, and invitations to smaller towns and communities, with a network of local artists building their confidence to apply for public art commissions.

The program presented intensive 3-day workshops working through dummy and real-time briefs, for participants to learn everything there is to know about about public art, needs/constraints, responding in a pandemic/post- pandemic environment, arts law, responding to EOI, working on brief, contracts, memberships and networking opportunities, insurance requirements, maintenance schedule, artwork lifespan and much much more.

Following the pilot program in Karratha, Hedland and Newman, the EVOLVE program shifts into a new phase, the continuation of capacity-building regional practitioners through online learning and ad hoc 1 & 2 day workshops commissioned by LGAs, developers and other parties.


This project was made possible by the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund, which supports the arts in regional and remote Australia, alongside the Local Buying Foundation, The Junction Co and the City of Karratha.