Newtown Artseat – I NEED ART!

You may have noticed the latest addition to the King Street landscape in the form of the Newtown Artseat and as you can see, it certainly stands out at night when it is all lit up. This is a great initiative of Marrickville Council with support from Arts NSW and the City of Sydney which aims to showcase contemporary art to the local community. This is so cool!!!

The Newtown ArtSeat is standing proudly in Newtown Square and is an illuminated exhibition tower and seat where rolling exhibitions will be displayed. This is great news for emerging and established artists, photographers, poets, historians, curators and anybody needing a creative outlet and wanting to showcase their work to the community. This art installation has loads of possibilities.

More exciting news is that the very first artwork for the Newtown Artseat is currently being created by talented artist r e a. She is a passionate advocate for contemporary art in new media and Indigenous arts and she has exhibited both nationally and internationally. The art displayed within the Newtown Artseat will change about every 3 months which will give lots of artsist the opportunity to show their work and engage with the community.

I for one can’t wait to see the first artwork and am looking forward to seeing the Newtown Artseat in action. What a perfect  place to meet up with friends on King Street before heading to a show, dinner or shopping. So much to love about the Inner West!

Please note: There is only ONE Newtown Artseat – not three :)

Applications for the Newtown Artseat are opening shortly. To register your interest, contact Arts and Cultural Development, Marrickville Council on (02) 9335 2280 or

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3 Responses to " Newtown Artseat – I NEED ART! "

  1. Diane says:

    Great news and what an appropriate site to display contemporary art. Rea’s work is conceptual and cutting edge stuff.

  2. This is a fantastic initiative that I hope other councils will emulate, particularly as it takes the resources usually invested in one-off public art projects and directs them into ongoing long term artist’s engagement. I read this article soon after I read a series of articles regarding Blacktown Council’s call for stronger police powers and police presence in Blacktown and Mt Druitt’s CBD’s and it provided a refreshing alternative to the mediation of public spaces. By providing opportunities for residents and visitors to engage within a public space, it has been demonstrated across many cities throughout the world that crime and antisocial behaviours decline. This initiative is saying “came out and enjoy your city”.

  3. nadine says:

    I agree Mordrela, it would be great to see more councils embracing this kind of initiative. I hope all Inner Westies appreciate the art and talent that will be on display.

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