Living Lanes Katoomba

Living Lanes is a visual arts project that aims to create a series of new contemporary art installations revitalising five laneways in Katoomba's town centre.

An expression of interest is now open for Mountains and western Sydney artists to submit artwork proposals that engage and inspire visitors and locals alike.

Artists are encouraged to consider 3D relief, kinetic, interactive, tactile and sensory experiences. Up to $20,000 will be provided to each artist for the total cost of production and installation.

Developed in partnership between Blue Mountains City Council and Toolo, the Blue Mountains Tool Library, the project has been funded through the Bushfire Recovery Agency and Austrade.

Blue Mountains mayor, Mark Greenhill, said: "Blue Mountains City Council is committed to strengthening the liveability and vibrancy of our towns and villages. This project offers a fantastic opportunity for visual artists in our region and will attract many visitors to Katoomba."

The Blue Mountains is the state's inaugural City of the Arts and the Living Lanes project continues this vision.

It aspires to highlight for visitors and residents a lively and vibrant township that is representative of the diverse artistic community within Greater Western Sydney.

Director of Toolo, Justin Morrissey, invited artists to submit their most ambitious ideas.

"Toolo aims to provide high calibre opportunities for artists in our region," he said. "The laneways of Katoomba are like the arteries of our town, they are quirky and interesting spaces ideal for artistic interventions."

Expressions of Interest, which close at 5pm on Wednesday, March 31, can be made through the online portal at Artists must include a project description with conceptual visuals and examples.

Applications will be assessed on but not limited to:

  • creative approach to addressing sustainability
  • Innovative approach to interpretation of public laneway spaces
  • calibre/experience of artist/s/team
  • audience engagement/experience.

Pictured above in Froma Lane, Katoomba: Patricia Lane Gonzalez and (right) Paul Brinkman from Blue Mountains City Council with (centre) Toolo director, Justin Morrissey.