Hawkesbury Council: ‘Street Speak’ Urban Art Project Ad Mural Competition

The Hawkesbury City Council has launched ‘Street Speak’, an exciting new art project to enhance public space and deter graffiti. 

The Council is calling for Expressions of Interest from local community groups and organisations that support young people in Hawkesbury. Applications close on 30 May 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 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 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 Hawkesbury. 

All applicants must be community groups or community organisations 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 the Council’s community engagement website, Your Hawkesbury – Your Say, at

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 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 Hawkesbury.

EOIs may be submitted to [email protected]; however, it is recommended that interested applicants contact Taryn for more information on the project prior to making a submission.