Nil Tenure is a new public artwork in Goulburn

NEW PUBLIC ART: Artist Amanda Stuart with her work nil tenure, which will be permanently installed in Auburn St before the end of year.

NEW PUBLIC ART: Artist Amanda Stuart with her work nil tenure, which will be permanently installed in Auburn St before the end of year.

A new public artwork depicting wild dogs will be installed in Goulburn on the corner of Auburn and Verner Streets before the end of the year. 

The new project, titled nil tenure, is being created by Canberra based visual artist Amanda Stuart.

A spokesperson for Goulburn Mulwaree Council said the new work would: “encompass bronze sculptural pieces that explore the positioning of the wild canine in the human consciousness. The work is characterised by its visual speed, scale and materiality.”

‘Nil tenure’ is a term used in wild dog management strategies in southeast Australia, and refers to the fact that animals do not necessarily observe the same boundaries as humans.”

The council is installing the public art as part of the ongoing CBD enhancement project.

Director of the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery Gina Mobayed said she was excited to continue the expansion of art programs outside the gallery walls and into the city.

“Amanda Stuart is a well-respected artist who has a history of creating fantastic thought provoking pieces,” Ms Mobayed said.

“I am looking forward to seeing the work installed in Auburn Street where I believe it will engage locals and visitors alike.”

Ms Stuart outlined the process behind creating the work.

“The original frames are bound with soaked textiles (farmer’s pyjamas) and found objects such as bones and barbed wire,” she said.

“The binding of these materials serves as a bitter metaphor for the complex human/canine relationships typical to regional Australia, as the sheep farmer is both reliant upon the working dog to manage their stock – but also at times at the mercy of wild dog predations.”

The work being created for Auburn Street echoes the prominent public artwork installed in Civic, Canberra entitled bush pack.