Announcing: Living Lanes, a new visual arts project in the heart of Katoomba

Announcing: Living Lanes, a new visual arts project in the heart of Katoomba

5 Installations | 5 Laneways 

Living Lanes is a visual arts project that aims to create a series of new contemporary art  installations revitalising five laneways in Katoomba’s town centre. 

An Expression of Interest was put to the diverse community of Greater Western Sydney artists to submit artwork proposals that would engage and inspire visitors and locals alike.  

Artists were encouraged to consider 3D relief, kinetic, interactive, tactile and sensory experiences.  Up to $20,000 will be provided to each artist for the total cost of production and installation. 

Developed in partnership between Blue Mountains City Council and Toolo, the Blue Mountains  Tool Library, the project has been funded through the Bushfire Recovery Agency and Austrade.  

Blue Mountains Mayor Mark Greenhill said: “Blue Mountains City Council is committed to  strengthening the liveability and vibrancy of our towns and villages. This project offers a fantastic  opportunity for visual artists in our region and will attract many visitors to Katoomba.” 

The Blue Mountains is the state’s inaugural City of the Arts and the Living Lanes project  continues this vision. It aspires to highlight for visitors and residents a lively and vibrant township  that is representative of the diverse artistic community within Greater Western Sydney.  

Director of Toolo, Justin Morrissey, invited artists to submit their most ambitious ideas. “Toolo  aims to provide high calibre opportunities for artists in our region,” he said. “The laneways of  Katoomba are like the arteries of our town, they are quirky and interesting spaces ideal for artistic  interventions.” 


Stage 1

Expressions of interest close 5pm, Sydney time Wednesday 31st March 2021

Stage 2

Applicants notified mid-April. Shortlisted project proposals due early May 2021

Stage 3

Selected artists notified late May 2021

Stage 4

Development of selected 5 works

Stage 5

Installation begins August 23 – September 6 2021

Patricia Lane-Gonzalez Justin Morrissey Paul Brinkman
(Pictured) Living Lanes Project Managers - Patricia Lane-Gonzalez, Justin Morrissey, Paul Brinkman
Living Lanes Logo

Living Lanes recognises that Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country and that this is of great cultural significance to Aboriginal people, both locally and in the region. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.