Yarrabilba Art Program set to flourish

CREATIVEMOVE is very excited to be engaged by Lendlease to deliver the Yarrabilba Art Program for precincts 1 and 2 of the Yarrabilba community.  We also welcome Craig Flood as our new Senior Public Art Manager to oversee the program.

Yarrabilba is a Lendlease master planned community situated approximately 40 kilometres south-east of Brisbane and approximately 30 kilometres north-west of Southport. It is about 15 minutes’ drive to other major centres including Logan Central, Beenleigh and Yatala. The site has an overall area in excess of 2,000 hectares. Yarrabilba, meaning ‘place of song’, is so named by the Aboriginal people of the Yugambeh language group who, before arrival of Europeans, occupied the area of land between what are now known as the Logan and Albert rivers.

Yarrabilba has been under development since 2011 with precincts 1 and 2 nearing completion. With a development timeframe in the vicinity of 30 years, on completion Yarrabilba is expected to house approximately 45,000 people in over 17,000 dwellings. Yarrabilba is planned as a complete community incorporating residential land with a full range of commercial and employment zones, education facilities (including primary and high schools), a town centre and neighbourhood centres, and a mix of recreational, entertainment and community uses.

The 25th of May 2016 marks the commencement of the Yarrabilba Art Advisory Panel as a consultative committee of project team members and stakeholder representatives appointed by Lendlease to take part in affirming appropriate public art opportunities for the project, and the selection of artists and concepts for the community.

General Manager for Communities in Queensland, Guy Gibson said the strategy reinforces Lendlease’s aim of creating the best places.

“The Yarrabilba public art strategy focusses on the notion of flourish which responds to the site ensuring many vibrant places.”

“Over the next 30 years, Yarrabilba public art will reflect, explore and elevate the aspirations of residents, enabling us to create the best places and build a place of belonging,” said Mr Gibson.

The Panelincludes people with a diverse range of skills and knowledge including architect, Philip Follent; curator, Justin Bishop; Lendlease representatives; Logan City Council representatives, Robyn Daw and Chelsi Foskett; Economic Development Queensland’s Kate Keleher; Indigenous representative, Wesley Aird and community members Melinda Hartley and Kate Meadows.

The Panel will respond to the curatorial rationale for the Yarrabilba Art Program which focusses around the notion of ‘flourish’, a word with dual meaning of to grow or develop in a healthy or vigorous way, especially as a result of a particularly favourable environment; and a bold or extravagant gesture or action. The rationale draws faithfully upon the Yarrabilba Art Strategy developed by Pamille Berg in August 2015, which is conceptualised as a sustainable public art program over a 30-year period.

Jodie Cox, Director, CREATIVEMOVE said “this is an unprecedented opportunity to implement such a diverse range of exciting artworks across a whole community planning framework. These commissions, with the help of Lendlease’s Art Advisory Panel, will benefit local artists and create a public art collection for the community to enjoy and appreciate over a long period of time”.

CREATIVEMOVE, working in partnership with Lendlease, the Logan Art Gallery, and community stakeholders has identified a range of public art opportunities to embrace the green spaces of parks, playing fields and waterways such as Darlington Park and celebrate the circulation nodes and roadway corridors such as Yarrabilba Drive with bold visible landmarks. Local, national and international artists will have a rich history to draw upon in relation to site opportunities which include:

  • The ‘place of song’, as carefully managed land which provided abundant food for local Aboriginal people
  • Early European squatters who came in search of timbers and fertile soils for crops
  • The establishment of the railway line in 1915
  • Hoop pine plantations for manufacturing
  • The construction of Camp Cable during World War II by the American Army to house, at its height some 35,000 soldiers, and conduct military training operations – including the US Army’s 32nd Infantry Division known as the Red Arrows
  • The Ipswich based Hancock Bros Pty Ltd who purchased a large site in the 1960s to establish a plantation of exotic pines to service their plywood production business
  • The rich and diverse new communities enjoying a carefully planned residential development.


For further information contact Craig Flood, Senior Public Art Project Manager on craig@creativemove.com.au or 0414 377 199.


Yarrabilba Entry. Photo: Jayson Gill 2014, Courtesy, Unity Builders Group. Yarrabilba Art Advisory Group. L to R: Michael Keenan, Wesley Aird, Melinda Hartley, Robyn Daw, Craig Flood, Jodie Cox, Philip Follent, Dean Patterson, Kate Meadows, Kate Keleher and Julia Woods. Photo: AJ Moller