situate - International Arts Competition

situate was a two-stage open competition to commission a major public artwork for Forrest Place, Perth, the capital city of the State of Western Australia.

The competition sought to explore ideas of contemporary sculpture in its broadest sense. It encouraged the formation and strengthening of collaborative and sustainable relationships between the people that design and build our cities. It explored the intersection of art practice with other design disciplines to form an overall vision for a modern, dynamic and diverse city.

The primary aims of the project were to:

  • Provide a landmark, permanent artwork to enrich the Perth CBD.
  • Encourage new partnerships between artist and other design professionals.
  • Explore new models for the design and commissioning of art in public spaces.
  • Stimulate discourse and debate surrounding art in public spaces.
  • Contribute to public awareness of art practice of an international standard.
  • Allow West Australian artists and design professionals to compete in an international context.


Design and construction of the artwork was the responsibility of the Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA). DCA  worked closely with the Office of the Government Architect (OGA) to design the competition process. The competition was administered by DCA, who were responsible for the handling of submitted materials, organising the judging for each stage of the competition and maintaining the highest standards of anonymity and fairness throughout the process.

Competition Administrator

DCA appointed a project coordinator to oversee all aspects of the project. The project coordinator acted as the Competition Administrator during the competition phase. The Competition Administrator provided an independent liaison between competitors and DCA. All technical questions or requests for additional information were directed to the Competition Administrator.

Consultation and Technical Advice

In identifying the site for the artwork and developing the project brief, DCA  consulted widely with the City of Perth, the arts sector and a variety of technical advisers. These consultants  remained "on call" throughout the competition process to answer technical questions about the proposed artwork and the site.


The jury consisted of highly regarded professionals within their respective disciplines.  The Competition Jury was responsible for the evaluation of submissions in both stages of the competition, the selection of short listed applicants at the conclusion of Stage 1 and the winning entrant in Stage 2.