Expression of Interest: USC Moreton Bay Print Commission

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Expression of Interest: USC Moreton Bay Print Commission


USC acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and study. The University pays its respect to local Indigenous Elders past, present and emerging and recognises the strength, resilience and capacity of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

USC is calling for expressions of interest from Indigenous Australian artists to contribute to an art commission in celebration of the opening of USC Moreton Bay in 2020.

USC Moreton Bay opens at Petrie in early 2020 with a 16,000sqm state-of-the-art foundation building. Stage One of USC Moreton Bay is being built on the site of the former Petrie Paper Mill, next to the Petrie train station. This is the first stage in a planned 10.5-hectare university precinct that will form the heart of The Mill at Moreton Bay, a vibrant civic, cultural and educational precinct planned by Moreton Bay Regional Council.

USC acknowledges the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and values the close relationships with those Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on whose lands it has a presence. The University embraces the opportunities that these relationships offer, recognising that as an institution of higher education it has responsibilities and a unique capacity to develop partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across a broad range of areas that will be mutually beneficial.

The commission

To celebrate this milestone, USC is commissioning eight artists who identify as Traditional Custodians/Owners connected to USC regions to make a limited edition etching that will be displayed in the foundation building.

The selected artists will work with printmaker, Dian Darmansjah, during a five-day residential in late September/early October 2019 to create their original etching. The etching will be printed on behalf of the artists in an edition of 10. Two prints from each artist will enter the USC Art Collection.

The successful artists:

  • Will be paid an artist fee of $2,000 (plus GST)
  • Will receive the remaining eight prints from their edition
  • Don’t need to have prior printmaking experience, but an interest in exploring the medium is encouraged

To be eligible applicants must be:

  • Aged 18 years or over
  • A Traditional Custodian/Owner connected to one or more of USC’s campuses, including Gubbi Gubbi/Kabi Kabi, Jinibara, Jagera/Yugurra, Turrbal, Butchulla/Batjala/Badtjala Peoples
  • Available from 30 September – 4 October 2019

What is included in the program:

  • All materials
  • Accommodation for artists who have to travel to attend the workshop
  • Meals
Expression of interest

Please send the following to Megan Williams, Manager, USC Art Gallery:

  • CV / Resume outlining relevant experience
  • Artist statement
  • 5–7 high-quality images of example artworks

Email: Megan Williams, Manager, USC Art Gallery
Post: Megan Williams, Manager, USC Art Gallery Locked Bag 4 Maroochydore DC QLD 4560

Application due by Monday 19 August 2019

Applicants to be decided on by a committee of USC Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members.

Key dates

Applications open: Wednesday 24 July 2019
Applications close: Monday 19 August 2019
USC Moreton Bay site visit: September 2019 (date TBC)
Residential workshop: 30 September – 4 October 2019 (South-East Queensland, location to be advised)
Print signing: December 2019 (date and location to be advised)


Megan Williams
Manager, USC Art Gallery
07 5459 4633

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