‘Street Speak’ urban art project and mural competition – 5 x $5000 grants

16 May 2024

‘Street Speak’ – an exciting new art project to enhance public space and deter graffiti has been launched by Hawkesbury City Council. Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from local community groups and community organisations that support young people in the Hawkesbury. Applications close 7 June 2024.

‘Street Speak’ is an urban art project that aims to provide a platform for local young people to creatively express their vision and connections to the Hawkesbury through art. Five grants of $5000 each will be awarded to the top five art entries.

Organisations who are interested in taking part in the art project are encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest to submit an art entry that can demonstrate that they meet the criteria. Successful applicants will receive an art project package, including guidelines for art and large format canvasses to depict their ideas. Council strongly encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and groups to apply.

To be eligible, community organisations and community groups must operate services for young people aged 12-24 in the Hawkesbury and can demonstrate experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • planning and implementing activities with young people
  • enhance public space and deter graffiti, through urban art or other diversion projects
  • has delivered programs that explore themes relating to youth in the Hawkesbury.

Art muralAll applicants must be community groups or community organisation that hold an ABN. Applicants will be required to sign an agreement that confirms that the art produced will be suitably appropriate for public exhibition (guidelines will be provided).

The selected art entries will be judged by the Hawkesbury community via an online public vote on Council’s community engagement website Your Hawkesbury – Your Say at This external link will open in a new window

The Top 5 voted entries with the highest votes will each receive a $5,000 grant for their community organisation or community group to support their youth programs.

In addition, young people from the community organisations or community groups in the voted Top 5 entries will have the chance to work with a local renowned graffiti artist on art murals at a prominent public location in a town centre in the Hawkesbury.

The Street Speak Urban Art Project is funded under The Graffiti Management Grant (Western Sydney) program.  Selected art entries that comply with the entry guidelines will be displayed in various locations around the Hawkesbury.

EOIs may be submitted to however it is recommended that interested applicants contact Council for more information on the project, prior to making a submission, by contacting Taryn Leahy at Community Partnerships on 4560 4444 or email

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