Carclew’s City Sites program employed trainee artists aged 17 to 26 years to develop commissioned artworks under the mentorship of professional artists.
The program ran from 1997-2008 and employed over 330 young visual artists , producing work for over 33 clients including: City of Adelaide, SANTOS, TransAdelaide, City of Unley, City of West Torrens, Country Arts SA, Passenger Transport Board, City of Salisbury, ETSA, City of Port Adelaide/Enfield, Maritime Museum, the Office of Employment and Youth, the National Motor Museum, City of Burnside, Salisbury RSL, Centenary of Federation, The Parks Arts and Functions Complex and City of Holdfast Bay.
The participants were involved in the entire process of commissioned public artworks, from initial client briefs, production of artworks and installation across the city.
This provided young artists the necessary skills to gain employment as commissioned artists.
In 2001, the program also expanded to regional South Australia, where young artists trained with clients in Port Lincoln and Streaky Bay creating public art using a range of media such as silk banner painting, mosaic, metalwork and mural painting.