H2OK DrainART project

DrainART tile

Stormwater drains and infrastructure are about to come to life with colourful, provocative and creative artwork.

The new DrainART project is part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy stormwater education program. DrainART will be rolled out across the ACT and region including Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan.

The first phase of the project will involve design artworks to be placed on stormwater drains that lead straight from Civic to Lake Burley Griffin.

Painted designs and asphalt art decals/stickers will be placed in prominent areas along City Walk in Civic to show how pollutants such as rubbish, cigarettes, oil, leaves and grass – that wash from the street into stormwater drains, result in poor water quality that ends up in our lakes and waterways. This impacts on the health of our region’s waterways including our local wildlife.

The ACT Government hopes the artwork will draw pedestrians' attention and change what we do in the streets and on our blocks at home. Rubbish, cigarette butts, leaves, chemicals and oil, all wash down our stormwater drains and end up in our lakes and rivers.

The artwork will also help people visiting the Civic area make a clear and visual connection that what goes down those particular stormwater drains lead directly to Lake Burley Griffin, onto the Molonglo River and eventually downstream to the Murrumbidgee River.

Secondary School DrainART design competition

Are you creative? Love to draw? Want to see your art on the street?

The city DrainART project will see stormwater drains from Lonsdale Street in Braddon, through to Genge Street, Garema Place and City Walk in Civic come to life.

Students from year 7 to year 12 are invited to submit a design for DrainART decals project to help promote the importance of keeping our waterways healthy.

As part of the ACT Government H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy campaign we are looking for eye-catching designs to put on walkways to remind people that everything that goes down the stormwater drains end up in our lakes and waterways.

Pollutants (like rubbish, litter, cigarette butts, leaves and chemicals) that wash off the street result in poor water quality which is bad for everyone, including our local wildlife

Who can enter?

Open to students from year 7 through to year 12 from schools in the ACT and surrounding region (Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan). Enter individually or put forward a school submission.

What’s the prize?

The winning entries (up to 15) will receive prize vouchers worth $250. Designs will be digitally printed onto asphalt decals and displayed near stormwater drains on walkways in prominent areas in the ACT, Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan.

Design requirements

Artwork designs (A4 size in landscape format) must be submitted as hardcopy with a completed entry form. Designs must be original. No trademarked phrases, logos or images.

How long do we have to submit designs?

All designs must be received by 29 September 2017.

Asphalt decals

Decals featuring the winning designs will be placed in Canberra City (Civic) and commercial areas across the region in National Water Week (22-29 October) and remain in place for up to 12 months. The winning designs will also be used to promote the H2OK education program on printed material like postcards, through social media and on the program website.

Where can we get more information and the entry form?

For your design entry form and more information on the student DrainART design competition please email healthywaterways@act.gov.au or contact the Catchment Education Program Officer, Kate Rhook, on 6207 9102.

Examples of Art work include

Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective - source_Melbourne Water
Melbourne drain art by Tiffany Bishop Collective - source: Melbourne Water

Keep it Clean by Laura Neill - by Ironside Photography - source_Upstream Art project
DrainART example from Philadelphia Water Department, USA