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 education program. It invites local artists to paint stormwater drains that lead straight from Civic to Lake Burley Griffin.

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.

DrainART will be rolled out across the ACT and region including Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan. Partnerships through local high schools will also help spread the H2OK message.

Expressions of interest open for city DrainART project

Local artists are invited to apply to for the city DrainART project to help promote the importance of keeping our waterways healthy.

The city DrainART project includes ten (10) stormwater drains in prominent spots along Genge street and Garema place through to City Walk in Civic. They will be painted by local artists to show how pollutants from the street in the Civic areacan wash down stormwater drains and flow directly into Lake Burley Griffin, onto the Molonglo River and eventually downstream to the Murrumbidgee River.

All submitted designs will be assessed by a panel and the successful artist or group of artists will be provided with a $300 service grant per site once the artwork is complete. For more information on the project including details on design requirements, what to include in your application, grant support, drain art sites and artwork delivery timeframes please view the DrainART project information factsheet (PDF 1.1MB).

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
Keep it Clean by Laura Neill - by Ironside Photography - source: Upstream Art project

Arkansas Rivers by Cassie Conley - source_Upstream ART USA
Arkansas Rivers by Cassie Conley - source: Upstream ART USA

Drop-in information session

For artists interested in participating in the city DrainART project, a drop-in information session will held from 2 pm - 7 pm on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at Dame Pattie Menzies House, ground floor (north building).

To RSPVP for the information session and/or to register your interest in the city DrainART project please email healthywaterways@act.gov.au.

How to apply

To apply interested artists must complete the artist application form (PDF 277KB) and provide a copy of their proposed design(s) by the closing time/date to healthywaterways@act.gov.au.

Submissions must be received by 4 pm Friday 28 April 2017.

Please ensure you have read the DrainART project information factsheet (PDF 1.1MB) for full details on how submit your design(s) for this project.

For more details

Can't find what you are looking for? For more information on the city DrainART project please email healthywaterways@act.gov.au or contact the Catchment Education Program Officer, Kate Rhook, on 6207 9102.