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.

This project will upskill 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. Local artists are in a position to tell the local story in an authentic way and public art commissions will be able to reflect the original narratives of the region.

Join Evolve Network

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:

✖︎ Online Introduction to Public Art: Everything you need to know about public art, including contracts, arts law, EOI and insurance (released May 2021)

✖︎ Online sessions with Element’s Associate Arts & Culture, as well as face-to-face refreshers in the Pilbara

✖︎ Hands on workshops at various locations across the Pilbara with established public artists and professionals

✖︎ 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

To sign up to Evolve Network, select one of the locations below. After registration is completed, you will receive access to the Evolve Network page, where all information, recourses and opportunities will be published.

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact [email protected]


$110per year
  • Available for Karratha, Port Hedland and Newman.


Evolve will be 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. Immediate program reach is to artists and creatives in Karratha, Newman, and Hedland, and invitations to smaller towns and communities.

The program will introduce public art, everything you must know about, needs/constraints, 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 etc. In some locations participants will be working on actual public art briefs negotiated by the Junction Co. with Local Governments, industry and developers.

Not a creative but keen to be involved? Members of the general public will be invited to attend an open community session with the visiting artist in each location. Keep an eye on this page and social media for more information.

Community session dates:
Paula Hart in Karratha – Thursday 17th June
Leanne Bray in Port Hedland – Thursday 22nd July
Jahne Rees in Newman – Friday 20th August


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.