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Storage Container Mural Project

July 30, 20233 min read
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Port Macquarie Community Gardens

Storage Container Mural Project

Call for Expressions of Interest

Port Macquarie Community Gardens (PMCG) successfully applied for funding to enable us to refurbish our storage container area at The Lost Plot (situated in Central Road, Port Macquarie), proudly supported by the NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Grant Program for their support. The project includes repair and refurbishment of the container, and the painting of a new mural on the exterior.

We invite interested artists to submit proposals for the design and production of a suitable mural to decorate the exterior of our container.

Artwork Briefs

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To design and install a mural painted directly onto the exterior walls of the PMCG metal storage container. The mural should cover three sides of the container (those facing west, north and east).

 The mural should be inspired by, and relevant to The Lost Plot. The approach taken by the artists should fit with the vision, purpose and values of Port Macquarie Community Gardens (see our Strategic Plan on our website: Projects that include participation of PMCG members and/or the wider community will be considered favourably.

The budget provided should be all-inclusive and specify individual items including artists’ fees, materials and equipment, etc. Total budget should not exceed $5,000 (including GST, if applicable).

Approximate dimensions of the container are: North-facing side 6000 x 2400, west-facing and east-facing sides 2400 x 2400.

(Note: The east-facing side consists of two hinged doors and includes handles and opening mechanisms)

The container has been cleaned and flaking paint removed by PMCG in preparation for the project.

The proposal should indicate any specific requests for additional preparation, and/or how the artists will prepare the surface prior to painting the mural. Please also indicate any top coating or protective layers you plan to apply.

Expressions of interest

To submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for this project, artists/designers need to:

·        Prepare a proposal detailing the planned approach

·        Include a proposed design

·        Tell us what inspired your artwork and how it links to the site

·        Describe the steps you will take in the project, and the materials you will use

·        Provide a full costing and budget for your project

·        Outline your experience of producing large scale artworks or murals, and/or producing an artwork in a public space

·        Provide up to five examples that demonstrate experience and style, especially any public artwork or murals

·        Outline a proposed progressive payment arrangement


The proposal and supporting information should all be submitted via email to: 

Selection Process


Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a panel convened by the PMCG Committee.


The panel will select the successful applicants based on the following criteria:


1.      Suitability of the design for the location – how well the design ‘sits’ on the container and within The Lost Plot

2.      The design proposed and approach to be taken fits with the vision, purpose and values of Port Macquarie Community Gardens

3.      The applicant demonstrates suitable knowledge and experience and can successfully deliver the completed project within the timeframe

Project timeline

Expressions of interest opens Monday 31 July 2023

Site briefing with artists; As required

EOI closes; Monday September 4th 2023

EOI assessment and selection of successful artist/s; 4-16 September

Successful applicant notified 16th September @ the Spring Fair

Project preparation September - November 2023

Installation of artwork complete By early December 2023

 Note; completion and working dates can be modified if circumstances require.


To discuss any aspect of this project and/or to arrange a site visit please contact us at in the first instance.     

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