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Strategies and Policies

ARTS and cultural strategy 2018-22 COMMUNITY CONSULTATION 

Kingston Arts and Cultural Services has completed community and stakeholder consultation to inform the development of an updated Arts and Cultural Strategy for 2018-22. This new strategy will also address Public Art.

The community has been able to have their say on the development of the strategy in a number of ways:

  • Online survey available via the City of Kingston's Your Kingston, Your Say website
  • Pop up surveys and chatboards at Kingston Arts venues, community events and key community locations
  • Submissions could also be made via email or post.

The findings of this consultation will be presented to the Arts and Cultural Committee for consideration before a draft Arts and Cultural Strategy is developed and presented to Council.


Arts and Cultural Strategy 2011-2015

The vision for arts and culture in the City of Kingston from 2011-2015 was:

‘To enhance, strengthen and act on the community’s desire to position Kingston as a liveable creative city.’

Within that framework, the Arts and Cultural Strategy 2011-15 identified priority areas of activity and approaches to delivering greater benefits and outcomes for the community.

The aim was to move from a position where arts and culture was seen as add-on activity targeting a select group of citizens, to one where the local culture is informed by and belongs to all members of the community. This means the strategy linked with areas of Council activity beyond a specific arts focus. Where this happened, it was in response to community consultation - the community believed that art is an effective tool for engagement and urban development.

The Arts and Culture Strategy 2011-2015 was developed to strengthen the value of arts and its impact on the cultural life of Kingston and its communities. The Strategy provided the overarching vision and policy direction for Council and Council staff as well as a plan to implement Council’s support for arts and cultural activity. It was intended as a living document to guide Council’s support and investment in events, community and infrastructure.




The vision for the Public Art Strategy was to develop an integrated public art program to revitalise public places and spaces through connections with history, cultures, stories and diversity.

The overall scope of the project was to:

  • provide guidance to the City of Kingston's commitment to public art to enhance the natural and built environment
  • provide direction for the developments of a meaningful cultural identity for the City of Kingston
  • provide definitions of public art, including permanent, temporary and ephemeral artworks
  • articulate the priorities and service gaps in the commissioning, installation and maintenance of public art.



Public Art transforms where we live, work, and play into more convivial spaces that encourage greater social interaction. The Public Art Policy applies to public art which is commissioned, developed, purchased or maintained by Council. Importantly, the Policy outlines the responsibilities of Council as well as the community in the commissioning, installation and maintenance of public art works.

The Policy includes:

  • How to apply
  • Selection Criteria
  • Contracts Management
  • Conservation and Care
  • De-accessioning 

One of the responsibilities of Council’s Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee (ACAC) includes providing advice to Council on matters relating to public art and contributing to developing a program aligned with Council’s strategic vision.  The Committee makes recommendations to Council on public art proposals that require Council support. This Policy excludes requests for public art proposals through Council’s Arts Grants Program, for public art on private property or that which is privately funded. It does not cover historical/commemorative plaques, interpretive signs, or advertising material.