In 2016, our Director, Claire Doherty, was a co-covenor with David Cross and chief curator Natalie King of the inaugural Public Art Melbourne Biennial Lab providing time, space and interaction with leaders in the public art field, as well as financial assistance for artists to explore, investigate and create new ideas for temporary public art in our city. Through the Biennial Lab, Public Art Melbourne offered dedicated creative development for up to ten early mid-career artists across all art forms to create place responsive works that responded to a significant city site.

As part of the lab, a set of core principles were co-produced with the artists inspired by The New Rules – The Melbourne Principles.

The artists were: Field Theory, Hiromi Tango, Isobel Knowles and Van Sowerwine, Sibling, A Centre for Everything, Kiron Robinson, The Mechanics Institute and Steven Rhall.