Art by its nature is independent, courageous and experimental. It needs audiences and it takes time and resources that are not always easy to find. Through the Public Art Melbourne Lab, the City of Melbourne is committed to nurturing and enabling artists.

We provide the following forms of financial and development support:

Temporary Test Sites in the central city of Melbourne give artists, curators and organisations the opportunity to explore and experiment with creative ideas for the public realm, with seed funds, advice and mentoring from experienced artists, and practical support.

Every two years the Melbourne Biennial Lab invites a selection of early mid-career artists to develop temporary artworks for nominated sites within the municipality. These will be experimental, can last a day or up to a year, and will involve the public and arts community in conversation through various events. Renowned arts leader Natalie King has been appointed as Chief Curator of the inaugural Melbourne Biennial Lab.

Each year the Lab offers a Public Realm Fellowship that connects mid-to-late career artists to important spaces, events or activities on the City of Melbourne’s calendar.