Cultural planning and art activities
Randwick's 10 year cultural plan
Our Cultural Plan PDF, 4005.22 KB sets out a series of actions and strategies to guide the Council City's cultural activities over a 10 year period.
Cultural activities in Randwick
Cultural activities in our local area include:
- International Women's Day Art Prize
- Twilight Concerts
- providing community grants
- conserving heritage items
- public domain improvements
- encouraging appropriate public art
Public art policy
You can view Council's Public Art Strategy PDF, 739.67 KB online.
Our rich cultural heritage
Randwick City has a rich cultural heritage, such as in the form of shell work by the Timbery and Russell families, descendants of the original inhabitants of this area, the Bidjigal people of La Perouse. The shell work of La Perouse is said to be the oldest art movement in Australia, based on reported accounts dated 1880 describing Aboriginal women decorating clubs and boomerangs made by their menfolk with shell work to sell to visitors to La Perouse.
Today, the Bidjigal women of La Perouse continue with this arts and crafts heritage. The remarkable shell work of prominent indigenous artist, Esme Timbery, is collected and exhibited by prestigious cultural venues such as Sydney Opera House, The PowerHouse Museum, Australian Maritime Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2005, Esme Timbery won the NSW Parliament Indigenous Art Prize. Esme's daughter Marilyn Russell, working alongside her mother is now continuing the tradition of La Perouse shell work.
The poet Henry Kendall, who often swam at Coogee beach, published his poem Coogee in 1868, while local 'impressionist' painters of the Heidelberg School, such as Tom Roberts, Charles Condor and Arthur Streeton, all painted famous landscapes of Coogee Beach in the late 1800s.
This was celebrated in the sculpture The Impressionists' Seat created by sculpture Eileen Slarke in 2009. She also created the sculpture of the 1912 Olympic medallist Mina Wylie in 2001, which is located at Wylie's Baths. Wylie's Bath was immortalised in Jeffrey Smart's Wylie's series of paintings.
In 1969, international artist Christo came to Australia and made the world's largest sculpture when he wrapped up the northern cliffs of Little Bay in 90,000 square metres of erosion control fabric. Although controversial at the time, the project is considered a triumph as it heralded a new era in Australian contemporary art.
Vibrant creative community
Today, Randwick City is home to a vibrant creative community with a broad cross section of arts and cultural practitioners, including:
- film makers
Arts & cultural program
Find out about our Arts and Cultural Program which helps to support and celebrate dance, literature, music, theatre and arts. Enter our annual women's day art competition and enjoy our Twilight concerts.
Public & street art
Wander the streets and discover the vibrant artworks and sculptures that showcase the culture and history of Randwick City.
Walks of fame
Learn about our Surfing Walk of Fame, Sporting Walk of Fame and Australian Film Walk of Fame.