Public art and performing

Throughout history, art has been in the public realm in various forms in all societies and is the crucial link that defines a culture. Within a local setting, public art connects with the community through unique stories that reflect local history and culture.

A city wide place making approach ensures people enjoy spending time in vibrant places that are culturally attractive.

Opportunities for creative contributions from community groups and individuals in the form of community and public art installations are encouraged because they add to our city’s “sense of place”.

In recognising this, the City of Charles Sturt has adopted a Public Art Policy and Guidelines to assist the community to create and install public art within the city. The Guidelines ensure that relevant stakeholders within proximity of the site are consulted and that the proposed artworks are both safe and reflect the values of the community.

Individuals or community groups proposing to install public or community art within the city’s public realm are requested to submit a public art application. Written approval from the City of Charles Sturt must be granted before the installation of any public or community artwork can occur that is in the public realm.

Stobie Pole Art Guidelines

Busking Guidelines

With the help of this map discover just some of the artworks that give this precinct its unique identity.

Guide - Street Art from Bowden to Croydon

Explore these areas, enjoying the colourful, creative and sometimes controversial pieces scattered throughout.

The Adelaide Fringe is a premiere arts festival that completely takes over Adelaide, her surrounding suburbs and even some regional areas of South Australia for 31 magical days and nights each year. The city practically pulses with creativity.

Venues big and small, pop-up and permanent house thousands of artists from all over Adelaide, Australia and the world. Around most of Adelaide’s corners, whether in an alleyway, a tent, a pub, a laundromat or an abandoned hospital for the criminally insane, you’ll be bound to find Fringe goodness in some shape or form.

Check out the great shows on offer in the City of Charles Sturt:

Fringe in Your Neighbourhood


1-31 July

About Guitars in Bars

Adelaide Guitar Festival’s Guitars in Bars is South Australia’s largest celebration of guitar-based music. Beginning in 2016 with 89 events, it has since grown 147% to 220 events state-wide in 2018 and is projected to grow further in 2019.

Guitars in Bars (GIB) is an open-access festival, similar to Adelaide Fringe, whereby it is a festival driven by artists and venues.

Check out the Gigs Near Me map to see more events happening across The City of Charles Sturt.

Contact Navian Iseut, Place Leader for more information:

August is visual art month in South Australia! Since its inception in 1998 the annual SALA Festival has celebrated and promoted the diverse talents of South Australian Living Artists.

SALA is an innovative open access visual arts festival presenting thousands of artists through unique collaborations and exhibitions in hundreds of exhibition spaces throughout metropolitan and regional South Australia.

The SALA Festival is a truly unique state wide celebration of the visual arts.

South Australian Living Artists Festival (SALA) Festival

SALA Map of Events

Search for SALA events in Charles Sturt

SALA highlights captured in pictures:

Love The Westside on Instagram

SALA Festival on Instagram

Be sure to follow us on Instagram for exhibition highlights or use #lovethewestside and #SALAfestival to share your SALA experiences.

City of Charles Sturt's very own film festival. Film makers are invited from all over to showcase their films created around our City.

Westside Film Festival

Who doesn't love a great artistic display of Christmas lights!

Discover where all the great displays are and if you are feeling adventurous enter your own display for great prizes.

Light Up Your Christmas

The City of Charles Sturt community are working together to shape local spaces within the Hindmarsh precinct.

See what is happening