Innovate :: Situate / Southern Cross University Design Prize

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The Quadrangle is calling out for aspiring designers to design dynamic, sustainable, playful and innovative structures to be installed in the new open-air cultural precinct in the middle of Lismore. This project is sponsored by Southern Cross University who are funding the successful projects.  

The Quad is a new multi-purpose outdoor space located between the Lismore Regional Gallery, the Conservatorium of Music and the Lismore Library.

The overriding purpose of this project is to test different ways that the precinct can be utilised by audiences, children, and the general public. The project is also interested in profiling sustainable materials and practices, creating micro venues and spaces to re-purpose the use of the site and provide shade during the hot summer months.

The longer term vision for this project it to experiment with what structures might be built permanently built by Lismore City Council in the site in the future.  The successful submission will be chosen by a panel of industry professionals.

Project Criteria:

  • Use of sustainable materials
  • Growing or living materials
  • Local recycled materials  
  • Robust structure that can sustain climbing and interaction
  • Innovative and playful use of public space that encourages different uses of the site
  • Provides shade
  • Provide a welcoming space for people of all ages to relax and enjoy   
  • Community participation to build the structure during install

Please email your Expression of Interest with the following:

  • A brief overview of your previous experience
  • Up to 5 images of your previous projects
  • A description of your proposed structure
  • A sketch or reference imagery of your proposed structure
  • How your structure meets the above criteria   (desired but not essential)

Artist Fee:

$7,000 (ex gst). This is a flat fee to deliver the project in its entirety including artist fees and materials.


  • The successful project team is required to engage an engineer to provide a compliance certificate.Please let the placemaking officer know if this is an issue.

The Quadrangle to provide:

  • Artist fee
  • Volunteers to assist with install
  • Advice on design development
  • Budget and installation advice  

Selection Panel:

Brent McAlister: Director of Sustainable Development Lismore City Council

Dominic Finlay-Jones: Founding Principle Dominic Finlay Jones Architects

Jane Fullerton: Director Fullerton Creative Landscape and Interior Design

Dr Stephen Garett: Head of Art and Design Southern Cross University

Process overview:

Submissions close: Monday 6th August    

Selection panel meet: Week of 10th September

Successful candidates advised: Monday 17th September

Installation commences: Early November

Structures installed until February 2019

Please email submissions to titled:  Innovate / Situate design call out

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About the Quad

The Lismore Quadrangle (the Quad) is a new cultural precinct located in Lismore, in the Northern Rivers of NSW. It was transformed from a carpark in 2017 as part of the Lismore Regional Gallery’s $6 million redevelopment.  The Quad greenspace connects Lismore Regional Gallery, Lismore City Library, the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and the Social Futures Clubhouse. The activation of the Quad as Lismore's creative playground is a strategic partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council.

 The partnership between Southern Cross University and Lismore City Council jointly funds the work of the Lismore Quadrangle Placemaking Officer. This role is working to activate the Quad and Lismore CBD through innovative placemaking strategies over the next three years. The partnership will result in a suite of new activities that harness the power of creatives, students, researchers and organisations across the city and the region. A program of work, funded by the University, will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders in the Quad to come together and to develop a shared vision for a program of vibrant activity in the CBD.

More information

For more info contact Placemaking Officer Marisa Snow on 6627 4607 /  |