Redhead Beach in itself a Work of Art

Submissions open for Redhead Beach art installation.

A $20,000 artwork will be installed at Redhead Beach as part of the ground-breaking Smart Beaches project.

Expressions of interest have opened for the commission, with the brief calling for artists to take inspiration from the picturesque coastal setting, as well as the project’s high-tech underpinnings.

Smart Beaches Project Manager Tony Blunden said the aim was to produce a piece of public art themed on beach conditions or beach safety.

We want this artwork to engage beach-goers, raise their awareness of our Smart Beaches project and incorporate some of the technology or data we’ll be collecting as part of the trial,” Mr Blunden said.

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Arts, Culture and Tourism Jacqui Hemsley said submissions would be judged on their originality, quality, relevance and ability to articulate the core concepts of beach safety and conditions.

The brief is deliberately broad, but all submissions will be considered on their merits,” Ms. Hemsley said.

We’re hoping this artwork will become a talking point and a way to engage beachgoers with the Smart Beaches project.”

A total of $30,000 will be awarded to the winning submission, with $20,000 allocated for the work and $10,000 for installation.

Smart Beaches will see an array of cameras and other sensors installed at Redhead Beach and Blacksmiths Beach in Lake Macquarie, and Manly Beach and Shelly Beach in Sydney.

The technology will be trialled throughout the 2019-20 beach season to gauge its value in assessing beach conditions and amenity use.

Data collected will be transmitted to lifeguards and other beach authorities to help manage their time and channel resources where they are needed most.

Smart Beaches is a joint project of Lake Macquarie City Council, Northern Beaches Council and the University of Technology Sydney.

It is funded partly under the Australian Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, encouraging collaborative, cutting-edge projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, towns and suburbs.

Submissions for the Smart Beaches artwork close midnight Tuesday 5 November. Go to for more information.