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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 8 Hansard (6 June) . . Page.. 2457..


Canberra centenary—Skywhale (Question No 117)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 May 2013:

(1) Under what procurement process was the artist for the Skywhale engaged.

(2) What is the value of the agreement.

(3) When did the agreement commence and for what duration.

(4) What are the intellectual property agreements with the artist.

(5) Were other artists approached; if so, how many.

(6) What were the criteria used in engaging with prospective artists

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) A single select tender, endorsed by appropriate Territory delegates.

(2) The value of the Agreement is $10,000 inclusive of up to $2,000 travel (GST exclusive).

(3) The Agreement commenced on 13 March 2012 with a term ending 30 April 2013.

(4) All intellectual property remains with the artist, with the requirement for the artist to acknowledge the Centenary of Canberra as commissioning the work.

(5) No.

(6) The artist was selected due to her international reputation as Australia's most successful and recognisable contemporary sculptor, as well as her connection to Canberra, having her childhood in Canberra, being educated at Red Hill Primary, Telopea Park High, Narrabundah College and Australian National University. Importantly it was noted that the artist's work, which focuses on organic forms, was particularly suited to a work of the scale and form required for a functional hot air balloon.

Canberra centenary—Skywhale (Question No 118)

Mr Smyth asked the Chief Minister, upon notice, on 15 May 2013:

(1) When was the Skywhale project embarked upon.

(2) Why wasn't the Skywhale flown at this year's Balloon Spectacular.

(3) Has the operator guaranteed to fly the Skywhale at future Canberra autumn balloon events; if so, for how many years. If not, why not.


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