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

This first phase of the project will involve creative artwork painted on a number of stormwater drains and asphalt art decals/stickers placed in prominent areas along City Walk in Civic to show how pollutants from the street – such as rubbish, cigarettes, oil, leaves and grass – can wash down stormwater drains and impact the health of our local waterways.

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.

All submitted designs will be assessed by a panel and the successful artist or group of artists will be provided with a $300 to $400 depending on the size of the allocated ‘canvas’ at the stormwater drain site. A larger stormwater drain near Akuna Street lends itself to a mural. An $800 will be available for the chosen artists for this site. The service grant will be received after the artwork on the infrastructure is completed.

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.

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

How to apply

To apply interested artists must complete the artist application form 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 21July 2017.

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

The chosen artist(s) must be available to paint their artwork from September 2017 with art work completed by January 31st  2018.

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.