THE Tamworth region is set to look a bit more attractive with multiple art projects in the pipeline for 2021.
First up is artist Lucy Irvine's steel cable sculpture, which will be built and set up in Bicentennial Park in April.
The Canberran will be travelling north for this project, and is working with Moonbi company Andromeda Industries, who will supply the steel cables.
Ms Irvine said the sculpture would be "quite a significant work" at about 4-5m tall.
"It's function is going to be as a landmark and meeting place in the park, but also something that people can stand underneath and the other thought is that at night, the internal surface of the work can be lit up," she said.
"It can be enjoyed under or near but also be able to be enjoyed in passing."
She's very excited to work with the "amazing cable as the grounding for the artwork".
"The heavy gauge cable is effectively going to create seven columns, and there's going to be a meeting point for those columns for slightly thinner cables," Ms Irvine said.
Barraba Public Art Committee spokesperson Angela Croll said a mural project was ongoing in Barraba CBD, following on from the success of the silo art painting 'The Water Diviner'.
"Working with Rural Aid 10 Towns makeover, Tamworth Regional Council and the local community, the commissioned artists will develop concepts from local consultation and inspiration," Ms Croll said.
"Barraba has been extremely fortunate to have been chosen by Rural Aid to benefit from both volunteer labour and funding to re-invigorate our local community following the recent drought.
"The Barraba Queen Street mural project is one of many community projects that will benefit from this generous help."
Closer to September, Tamworth Regional Gallery director Bridget Guthrie said the council would also have some works "included as part of the roundabouts".
"The roundabout ones we're hoping to achieve by the end of the year," she told the Leader.
She said the council was also "actively looking into" the Murray Street underpass idea, too.
Public art wasn't an easy thing to organise, though, she said.
"It literally involves the left and right side of the brain, you have to think creatively and outside of the box but it's also construction, logistics, and working with engineers, so it is quite complex," Ms Guthrie said.