Art expert to guide projects

Imam Burhaan Mehtar at the Australian Islamic College's Kewdale campus mosque. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401827
Imam Burhaan Mehtar at the Australian Islamic College's Kewdale campus mosque. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d401827

Mayor Alannah MacTiernan told Guardian Express that the City needed better supervision of administration with public art projects to ensure it received the intended finished product. The move comes after problems concerning artist Mathew McVeigh earlier this year.

Mr McVeigh claimed his contract had been wrongly terminated after he was commissioned to produce a sculpture for the Percent for Art Scheme. But Ms MacTiernan said his designs presented in February and March differed from those shown in August last year.

‘We’ve got some really big pieces that we’re commissioning and we don’t have the necessary expertise to carry them through,’ she said.

‘We want to make sure we’ve got an experienced public art consultant ” someone familiar with the practices of the art world ” who can network with all of the artists available to do these works and can ensure effective delivery.’