Painting a picture to keep our waterways healthy

Keep It Clean drain art

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

Expressions of interest are now open for local artists to participate in the innovative city DrainART initiative.

The project will see ten (10) stormwater drains in prominent spots along Genge Street and Garema Place through to City Walk in Civic painted to show how pollutants from the street - like rubbish, cigarette butts, leaves, chemicals and oil - 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 service grant per site once the artwork is complete.

For more details on the DrainART project, including how to apply, visit our dedicated DrainArt page.

Submissions must be received by 4 pm Friday 21 July 2017.

The city DrainART project will be the first of a number of DrainART initiatives rolled out across the region. Projects are also planned for Cooma, Yass and Queanbeyan. Partnerships through local high schools will also help spread the H2OK message.

The DrainART project is part of the H2OK: Keeping our waterways healthy education program.